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UMC Architects are experts in the design of distribution and logistics facilities, providing the complete service from inception through to detailed design. Our architects have been responsible for a wide range of project types, including complex extensions, refurbishments and complete new-builds.

We believe it is important to keep focus on trends and developments within the sector, such that we remain informed at the highest level. We therefore maintain strong relationships with occupiers, logistics operators, end-users and industrial agents. Between us we have masterplanned and carried out the detailed design of more than 10m.sq.ft of floorspace, throughout the UK, across the following sub-sectors:

  • Multi-channel warehouses, facilitating retail and dot.com requirements.
  • Low-bay warehouses, with both VNA and conventional wide-aisle racking.
  • High-bay fully automated storage facilities, for food and non-food.
  • Chill stores, including various temperature regimes to suit fresh produce.
  • Cold (Freezer) stores, both as stand-alone and as part of composite facilities.
  • Fully automated logistics buildings, with incorporation of multi-level picking mezzanines.
  • Port-side bonded warehouses.
  • Air freight storage facilities with airside links.
  • Specialist document storage volumes.

Track Record

Our architects have an extensive track record of completed distribution projects, which includes the following:

Co-op / Goodman UK Logistics, Andover – New-build 450,000sq.ft regional distribution centre. The project included developer’s base build and fit-out, incorporating ambient, chill and frozen temperature regimes.

B&Q Core Products Distribution Centre, Worksop – New-build 1.1m.sq.ft facility, incorporating a fully automated 24m high bay, all conforming to a BREEAM “Excellent” rating.

Sainsbury’s Fulfillment Centre, Hams Hall – New-build 700,000sq.ft highly-automated distribution centre, with ambient, chill and frozen storage volumes. Fit-out included chilled produce sortation system.

PRUPIM / Iron Mountain, The Hub, Birmingham – New-build 70,000sq.ft document storage facility, incorporating high-bay VNA racking.

Cadburys / Barwood Developments, Milton Keynes – New-build 350,000sq.ft confectionery storage and distribution facility with two different temperature-controlled chambers, one with VNA racking solution.

Vodafone / Unipart Technology Logistics, Nuneaton – £4m fit-out of existing 300,000sq.ft Prologis shell, incorporating internal warehouse division walls, racking installations and extensive office expansion.

JD Sports, Rochdale – Extensive fit-out of 500,000sq.ft Wilson Bowden shell build, incorporating picking mezzanines, automation equipment and staff welfare facilities.

Amazon / Prologis Developments, Marston Gate, Beds – New-build 500,000sq.ft landmark facility to provide Amazon’s first permanent UK distribution centre. Also involved installation of parcel sortation equipment and picking mezzanine.

Sports Direct, Shirebrook – New-build 575,000sq.ft ambient distribution centre, to facilitate multi-channel retail and dot.com business.

Pearson Books / Prologis, Central Park, Rugby – New-build 420,000sq.ft book storage and distribution facility.

Bristol Port Authority, ‘S Shed’, Avonmouth Docks – £4.5m conversion of existing 200,000sq.ft building into a part-temperature controlled transit warehouse for imported fruits on the dockside.

Carlsberg-Tetley, Swan Valley, Northampton – New-build 380,000sq.ft regional distribution warehouse. Ambient chamber for bulk beer keg storage.

DSG, Newark – New-build 650,000sq.ft white-goods distribution centre for Dixons Mastercare, as part of a 26 acre site, incorporating a 15,000sq.ft 3-storey office block.

DHL Air Express Hub, East Midlands Airport – 400,000sq.ft new-build air cargo handling facility with complex sortation installations. The development included 100,000sq.ft of offices and support facilities, as a major centre to control Western European operations.

IKEA DC Projects at Peterborough & Doncaster – Planning consents, concept designs and employer’s design representative for major new-build distribution centres; both in excess of 1m.sq.ft and incorporating high-bay storage volumes.