GMI Construction Group starts work on 430,000 sq. ft sustainable logistics centre for Tritax Symmetry in Doncaster

GMI Construction Group has been appointed lead contractor by Tritax Symmetry to deliver a new 430,000 sq. ft design and build facility at Symmetry Park, Doncaster

GMI Construction Group has started work on a 430,000 sq. ft seasonal warehouse and distribution centre, which is to be leased by DIY giant B&Q at Symmetry Park, Doncaster.

It was appointed principal contractor by Tritax Symmetry to deliver the sustainable development, situated close to the border of South Yorkshire and north Nottinghamshire.

B&Q has already agreed a 15-year lease on the bespoke building, which is due to be completed later this year.

It will be built to net zero carbon in construction, in line with Tritax Symmetry’s commitment to carbon neutrality across its new buildings.

GMI Construction Group, which provides specialist design and build capabilities spanning multiple sectors, has already commenced earth moving works as part of their groundwork preparations.

Strategically located next to J34 of the A1(M), the 54 acre Symmetry Park, is ideally placed to serve the North of England and the Midlands.

The major industrial and distribution scheme has detailed planning consent for 721,000 sq. ft of logistics space and is already home to luxury dog food supplier, Butternut Box, which took a 151,388 sq. ft facility on a 15 year lease in August 2020.

GMI Construction Group has a long standing relationship with Tritax Symmetry, the dedicated logistics development company for Tritax Big Box REIT and was recently appointed to build a new 158,000 sq. ft manufacturing facility at its new MA6NITUDE logistics/industrial development in Middlewich, Cheshire.

Andrew Hurcomb, GMI Construction Group’s divisional managing director, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed main contractor by Tritax to deliver this major new facility for B&Q.

“Our team has already made an excellent start on site, and we look forward to delivering another high quality sustainable building that will not only prove an asset to this region but helps meet the growing demand from the logistics sector.”

Freddie Oakey, associate development director at Tritax Symmetry, said: “As an existing customer within the wider Tritax Big Box portfolio, we are pleased to have brought B&Q to this Tritax Symmetry development. Having a site with infrastructure already enabled and detailed planning consent in place allows us to provide a premium, bespoke and highly sustainable facility.”

Mark Jacobs, director of property at B&Q, said: “We are planning to launch our highly sustainable seasonal warehouse and distribution centre in Doncaster towards the end of 2022. It will allow us to get more of the most popular products to B&Q stores, and quicker.”