17.8.2022 | Logistics

Bartrums Breaks Ground for New Warehouse

Suffolk haulier responds to the strong demand for regional warehousing. 

Work has begun work on the 70,000sq ft storage facility, including a two-storey office block and a large canopy at the front. It is building it speculatively as part of its growth strategy.

The £32m family-owned firm – which has a workforce of 250 and a fleet of 175 vehicles – said it was responding to strong demand for warehousing in Norfolk and Suffolk, which has “significantly outstripped” availability.

Operations director Tremayne Johnson said it was important to invest in the business as major infrastructure projects in the region, such as Sizewell C took shape to ensure it stays “relevant to the opportunities that exist”.

“Bartrums is already firmly established as one of Suffolk’s largest hauliers and has a transport portfolio that encompasses palletised network distribution, express van transport, general haulage and bulk haulage,” he said.

“The family wished to see the business expand, and the most appropriate way of achieving growth was through expanding our warehousing offer. Suffolk has recently benefited from serious commercial developments in Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and Ipswich, and the business did consider these options.

“However, we took the opportunity to purchase land in Eye and invest in a project suitable for our future needs. That development will be complete in early January, and the finished warehouse will be a significant asset to the Bartrums business and the customers it serves.”

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Image: Artist’s impression of Bartrums’ new warehouse. Credit Ashley Kennedy