The centre will be built on brownfield land that is currently undeveloped within PDP’s 700 acre Tees Dock estate and which is adjacent to an old Shell oil terminal that was closed in the mid 1980’s.
Optimism is high that planning approval for NGCT will soon be achieved and according to David Robinson, Group CEO of PD Ports, the planned new regional import centre will cost in the region of GBP50m (US$100m) and will be made available to a major UK retailer which has ambitious plans for improving its supply chain for goods into its Northern UK stores.
“Once we have achieved successful planning approval, and subject to successful completion of negotiations with the retailer, we hope to open the first part of the new import centre by Autumn 2008”. said Robinson.
Once fully operational in 2009 the centre will require over 800 full time staff and will also create hundreds of other new jobs among suppliers and logistics companies serving distribution centres across the North of England and Scotland.