Onward Holdings will be offering a variety of solutions in response to the acute shortage of prime sites for warehousing and logistics operations in the north of England when it exhibits at this year’s Multimodal show in April.
Among the services the company will be showcasing at Multimodal are key locations at Featherstone and Castleford in Yorkshire, which are suitable for freight forwarding and businesses needing storage and/or a distribution hub in the region. Both are close to the motorway networks for fast delivery to all parts of the UK, the Humber ports and regional airports.
After letting most of its other units at Onward Park in Featherstone, Onward now has two plots available of up to 25,000 and 70,000 square feet respectively. They are in a superb location and can be utilised for a wide variety of uses, subject to planning permission.
The industrial estate benefits from excellent distribution connections and is also close to the railway freight network via the nearby Wakefield Europort. According to Onward Holdings around 80% of the UK’s population is accessible in four hours, making the site ideal for bulk distribution items. The new plot will be up to 12m eaves height and include good-sized yards, excellent loading facilities and state-of-the-art security systems.
In addition to expanding its Featherstone site, the business’s purpose-built facility in Castleford has also benefitted from investment resulting in more onsite fork lifts that can handle pallets, IBCs and other items up to three tonnes, whilst for those with non-rigid packaging, the warehouse can individually handball sacks, cartons or other non standard product on to pallets.
These complement the Castleford warehouse’s flexibility, which allows for pallet racked and bulked storage space with two dock level loading doors and several ground level loading doors, including covered loading bays, to facilitate the handling of food related items, computerised order picking and various pallet handling solutions.
Onward Holdings, which also operates quality sites at Ackworth, South Kirkby and Scunthorpe, is promoting at Multimodal a combined total of around 200,000 square feet of potential warehousing and storage space in Yorkshire, a region which has seen a huge take up of available space since the economy came out of recession.
A significant knock-on effect of the economic recovery is the scarcity of available warehouse space, due to companies becoming more confident of investing in supply chain facilities and the increasing demand from third party logistics providers and e-retailers seeking additional capacity for their customer fulfilment centres.
Onward Holdings director Neil Storey says: “Multimodal is an excellent platform for the business to promote the range of logistics options it has available to suit most budgets, together with additional value-added warehouse services. We believe that the different facilities that Onward Holdings offers can alleviate the lack of prime sites and help companies gain a vital foothold in the northern supply chain.”
All the warehouse units available from the company can include 24 hour security and flexible leases, offering the perfect package to help companies maximise their supply chains.
Site promotions are being handled by Andrew Miller Chartered Surveyors of Sheffield.
Onward Holdings has been involved in warehousing and industrial estates owned and run by the company since 1930. Today, this family-run business is primarily involved in development and construction, including the provision of multi-sized warehouse facilities in the M62/M1/A1 corridor of West Yorkshire, and residential and mixed-use developments.
In addition to Willowbridge Lane and Langthwaite Business Park, the business has developed a former coal mine near Barnsley into a gleaming new retail park. ONYX Retail Park, comprising 17,500 square feet of retail space, is based in Wath-Upon-Dearne and is located at the former Manvers main colliery, an area of major regeneration.