• Since the opening of the Rail Port in 1997, DIRFT has grown in size and significance within the logistics sector of UK PLC. The below sets out the significant milestones.

DIRFT Timeline - Key Dates

Rail Port: 1997

Rail port opens at DIRFT

4.2m sq ft developed: 1997-2005

4.2m sq ft developed at DIRFT

Prologis acquires DIRFT: NOV-06

Prologis acquires DIRFT

Tesco: MAY-11

840,000 sq ft and dedicated intermodal terminal delivered for Tesco

Fully consented: JUL-14

Development consent order granted for 8 million square foot expansion of DIRFT - into phase 3

Eddie Stobart Limited: JUL-15

420,000 sq ft with rail sidings delivered for Eddie Stobart Limited

Sainsbury's: JAN-15

1,000,000 sq ft and dedicated intermodal terminal delivered for Sainsbury’s

Ecological Works: APR-15

Next phase: Site preparation commenced (ecological works)

Infrastructure: APR-16

Next phase: Commencement of infrastructure installation

First building: END-2016

Potential first building available

Rail Terminal: 2018

New rail terminal available for use (anticipated)

Site History

Welcome To

THE FIRST VILLAGE IN NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Excavations have taken place within a 178-hectare area of land on the border of Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, with Leicestershire lying just 4 km to the north. It is a watershed region of clay uplands capped with occasional outcrops of glacially-derived sands and gravels.

Bronze Age

BRONZE AGE CREMATION AND LOOMWEIGHT PIT

There were traces of human occupation as far back as the Neolithic period (c 4000 – 2500 BC) in the form of occasional fragments of pottery and flintwork from Covert Farm. Later, in the early Bronze Age, a cremation burial was made in a small pit at Nortoft Lane.

Iron Age

IRON AGE SETTLEMENT

Settlement around the rim of the valley began to be established in the early Iron Age, from about 500 BC, and may have started with a partial enclosure of the valley head by a boundary ditch.

Iron Age / Roman Period

LATE IRON AGE AND ROMAN DEVELOPMENTS

The Iron Age village did not last into the 1st century AD except at The Lodge where a new settlement was established next to the earlier one. It is likely that other farms were founded in the area at this time, but they seem to have avoided earlier settled sites.

Anglo Saxons & after

The discovery at The Lodge of a sunken-floored building and a pit containing early Anglo-Saxon pottery is the only tangible evidence of Anglo-Saxon settlement in the area.