Bericote and Tritax purchased the 124-acre Power Station in 2017, and turned the site into state-of-the-art facilities, including the 452,000 sq ft unit pre-let to IKEA and 2.3m sq ft unit to Amazon in 2021; both with no fossil fuel connections.
The IKEA unit operates with 100% renewable energy, PV ready roof, 28 HGV chargers and 60 overnight chargers to be installed.
Prime Minister, Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, visited the new customer distribution centre for his latest PM Connect event. The multi-million-pound distribution centre has the capacity to deliver almost one million orders annually.
“IKEA’s… incredible new distribution centre in Dartford represents a huge vote of confidence in our economy. And with more people buying online here than in the US, I’m committed to harnessing innovation and technology to support this thriving industry – which is creating hundreds of interesting jobs, spreading opportunity and powering growth. I was delighted to meet future leaders of the companies who will continue to unlock opportunity and drive progress in the years ahead.” – Prime Minister Rishi Sunak
As the popularity of online shopping continues to grow, the new facility will enable faster, more sustainable home deliveries to IKEA customers across London and the southeast of England – with many reaching customers within 24 hours of an order being placed.
The launch of the facility has created over 300 local jobs.