Caunton Engineering supplied the steelwork for an extension to TJ Morris's distribution centre on a design & build basis. This facility operates from their head office in Liverpool. TJ Morris, known better to the general public as Home Bargains, is recognised as a fast growing and successful retailer operating on high volume turnover selling branded goods at low prices. The Company has over 170 stores in the North and Midlands, and has plans to grow to approximately 500 stores within the next eight years.
This enlarged distribution centre is clearly the first step. Caunton is supplying over 1,500 tonnes of steelwork for a 250,000sq feet extension. The main body of the building consists of a central high bay warehouse with four 28.5m spans, 116m long, and a soaring 32m eaves height. There is a 12m high x 27m single span portal leading off on one side & a 12m high x 22m twin span portal leading off on the other. The depot itself is rounded off with an integral 20m span x 80m long loading canopy. Operations are topped off with the construction of a new Training Centre, a Vehicle Maintenance Unit, a Transport office & a Gatehouse.
The main contractor for this prime development is major national contractor Bowmer & Kirkland. Caunton is obviously pleased to be of service both to B&K, and to this ambitious retailer in its expansion plans, and wishes T J Morris every success.