Main Contractors Winvic are building a new Amazon distribution centre in Dunfermline – a development that will bring seven hundred and fifty permanent jobs to the local area.
This will be the largest Amazon distribution centre in the UK. Situated next to the M90 and A92, it will cover an area the size of fourteen football pitches. From the warehouse, deliveries will be made across the UK and Europe. Amazon has predicted that at peak times, a further one and a half thousand temporary jobs may be created at the centre. Dunfermline West MSP, Jim Tolson, has spoken about the positive effect that this will have on the local economy, saying that the announcement of the new centre was “excellent news”.
The new centre has been partly funded by Scottish Enterprise, who have provided a grant of £2 million in Regional Selection Assistance and £500,000 in training grants. The First Minister for Scotland, Alex Salmond SMP, explained that the funding provision is part of the drive by The Scottish Government, Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise to encourage new investment and business in the area.
The centre is being built for clients Graftongate Investments, and has been designed by architects Frank Shaw Associates. It will comprise a warehouse covering 955,120 square feet, with associated offices and social room spaces covering 61,730 square feet. External works will include the creation of car parking, hardstandings and drainage facilities.
Northampton based Winvic is a multi-disciplinary contractor who delivers projects around the UK. They are known for being the leading ‘shed’ specialist, and are prominent in the industrial and commercial distribution sectors. Due to client demands, Winvic’s growth strategy has seen them move into a number of other different sectors, including education, retail, healthcare and infrastructure.
Work is currently underway and the project should take forty-two weeks to complete. It is expected to be open and fully operational by the end of this year.