Kinaxia Logistics, a leading UK warehousing and haulage group, has signed-up for a 116,000 square foot state-of-the-art logistics building at DIRFT – the flagship rail-served logistics park owned by Prologis in Rugby, Northamptonshire.
Located next to the M1 (Junction 18) and near the M6 motorway and the A14 and A5 trunk roads, the new facility at DIRFT will provide Kinaxia with a central location to serve its network of customers across the UK and support its ambitious plans for growth.
The building, which will become Kinaxia’s flagship warehouse, is planned to open over the summer. It will offer capacity for 24,000 pallets and have a multi-bay racking system. It will have the state-of-the- art, global leading, Red Prairie Warehouse Management System that will fully integrate into customers’ in-house systems, if required.
Alongside the warehousing, dedicated transport services will also be available to customers through Panic Transport (Contracts) Limited or any of the 9 haulage companies currently within the Kinaxia Group, offering customers a complete logistics solution.
In addition to its location and key features, the building itself will save Kinaxia money on utility costs through a combination of 15% roof lights and a rooftop solar installation, paired with three 15kWH Tesla Powerwall battery storage units. This system will enable the company to generate free energy by storing excess solar energy and using it to offset high energy costs during peak charging periods.
“All of our buildings are designed with the customer in mind,” said Phil Oakley, Market Officer, Prologis UK. “85% of our customers operate on a 24-hour basis and, therefore, warehouse lighting costs represent a significant expense for their businesses. For this reason, DC115 at DIRFT is specified without compromise and a number of its features, fitted as standard, including a rooftop solar array and Tesla storage batteries, have resulted in an impressive EPC rating (A6) for a building of its size, which for Kinaxia will lower their occupational costs.”
“The acquisition of this new logistics facility is a significant investment for the Kinaxia Group and part of a long-term plan to build a flexible and efficient, service-focused haulage and warehousing group covering the UK,” said Graham Norfolk of Kinaxia. “We are a business with growth in mind and Prologis was able to offer us the combination of the best building, in the best location for our customers and network with features which support a sustainable and cost-effective operation.”