The redevelopment of Leeds Mail Centre in Stourton is 20 weeks into the 45-week build programme. Wates began construction in July on the 5,715 sq m extension designed by Watson Batty Architects. When complete, the extended centre will house new automation equipment and double-deck trailers and will be the base for more than 1,000 employees.
Wates is also 23 weeks into the redevelopment of Tyneside Mail Centre on Team Valley Trading Estate in Newcastle, building a 2,100 sq m extension and carrying out an internal refurbishment to provide greater flexibility. New accommodation blocks are also being created for new operational facilities, welfare and training areas.
Both Mail Centres remain operational during the works, which are scheduled to complete in the summer of 2012.
Royal Mail Group Property construction programme manager Chris Pasquill said: “For the last two years, we have worked closely with some our key supply chain, mainly Watson Batty, Baker Mallett LLP, Buro 4 and NDC, to provide a robust design solution which meets the future requirements of Royal Mail operations at Leeds and Tyneside Mail Centres. The construction work is part of a nationwide modernisation and transformation programme to boost Royal Mail’s efficiency and capabilities.”
Wates director David Price said: “We are pleased to report work on both Leeds and Tyneside Mail Centres is progressing well. This is a very exciting chapter in Royal Mail’s history and represents a revolutionary step-change in the way its services are delivered. We are delighted to be playing a part in that transformation and will continue to work hard to contribute to its future success.”