Bidvest 3663 is to move to a new head office and depot in Slough next year.
The foodservice giant, currently based in High Wycombe, said the new 177,400 sq ft site was due for completion in spring 2016. The head office space will occupy 22,000 sq ft across three floors. It will house Bidvest 3663’s marketing, commercial, quality control, finance, IT, customer services and telesales teams.
The depot will take up the remaining space. It will include a number of environmentally friendly features such as low-voltage LED lighting, light and warehouse door sensors, and solar panels to supply electricity.
“The move to Slough will enable us to operate from a high-quality and modern facility, which will alleviate pressure on existing depots in London and the South, well positioned near the M25, M40 and M4 motorways,” said chief executive Andrew Selley.
“The location and efficiencies the new depot will bring will enable us to serve our customers with a fast, efficient service, as well as provide new employment opportunities.”
The new HQ marks the third phase of Bidvest 3663’s previously announced growth plans. The multimillion pound plan began in 2012 when it extended service coverage following its acquisitions of Forteith Foodservice and South Lincs Foodservice, and increased freezer capacity across its depots.
Phase two involved four new depots, in Wakefield, Chepstow, Hoddesdon and Bicester, and the implementation of technology to improve efficiency.