Catering24 breaks ground on new premises

Catering24 new premises crop
L-r: James Richards – Clowes Developments, Richard Sutton – NG Chartered Surveyors; Hannah Bailey – Clowes Developments; Charlie Dean, Steve Lloyd and Oliver Lloyd – Catering24; Fintan Phelan, Sam Harrington, Dan Hulse, Robin Orgill and Steve Marshall – TanRo.

Online catering equipment dealer Catering24 has broken ground on its new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

The distributor agreed a deal with Clowes Developments at the end of last year for the development, after doubling in size since the start of the pandemic.

Thursday 6 January marked the official ground-breaking ceremony at the brand-new industrial park located off Manners Industrial Estate.

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Members of the family-run business, together with the construction company TanRo, agent Richard Sutton of NG Chartered Surveyors and the lead developers from Clowes Developments, congregated on site in minus temperatures to celebrate the official start of construction works.

Charlie Dean, MD at Catering24, commented: “The site is really starting to take shape and we can already see where the different components of our facility will be. It’s interesting, as we start to see the footings being plotted out we realise the scale and scope of our new premises – it’s very exciting and we are looking forward to tracking the progress on site over the next few months.”

The distributor agreed a lease for the brand-new purpose-built warehouse and distribution facility at Etiquette Park. The deal marks significant expansion for the company, which has doubled its turnover in the past 18 months. Catering24 has the option to purchase the property within the first 2 years which it aims to do and represents a total investment in the warehouse, equipment, racking and IT software to the sum of £2.8m.

Richard Sutton, MD at NG Chartered Surveyors and joint agent on the scheme, said: “It’s fantastic to see work starting on Etiquette Park and I’m proud of our involvement in the bespoke scheme by Clowes Developments.

“Letting over 50,000ft2 of space shows just what a quality development Etiquette Park is, and I wish both Catering24 and the other soon to be announced occupier all the very best in their new homes.

“I’ve very much enjoyed working alongside Tim Gilbertson at FHP on securing these deals and I’m looking forward to seeing Etiquette Park developed out to its full potential.”

Planning permission for the 27,249ft2 warehouse was approved by Erewash Borough Council at the later end of last year and TanRo is now underway with the construction. Catering24’s bespoke facility will be the larger of two brand new facilities which will sit within a secure complex and comprise of a steel portal frame single storey warehouse with integral two storey offices. The property will benefit from a secure service yard, 40 car parking spaces, 8 metre haunch height, two level access loading doors, three-phase power supply and electric vehicle charging points.

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