The state-of-the-art 80,000m2 building will store food, clothing, general and medical supplies and bring the military’s logistics, commodities and support services up to the standard of industry best practice. It will also deliver more efficient and effective processes across the supply chain through better storage and streamlined distribution, enhancing the level of support provided to the Armed Forces.
The Defence Fulfilment Centre (DFC), to be run by Team Leidos, will take around one year to build and house two warehouses covering an area the size of ten football pitches.
Team Leidos consists of Leidos, a US company, supported by its key sub-contractors Kuehne+Nagel and TVS Supply Chain Solutions.
Mr Dunne said: “I am very pleased to be able to mark the start of construction on the Defence Fulfilment Centre in Donnington which will help deliver the best support to our Armed Forces while ensuring value for money for the UK taxpayer, generating financial savings of around £500 million over the next 13 years.
“The Government is making a significant investment of £83 million in this state-of-the art, modern logistics centre benefiting both our Armed Forces and the local economy. This forms part of our ten-year £160 billion Equipment Plan, as well as our commitment to meeting NATO’s defence investment pledge.”