The development was consented in 2021. Credit: SMR Architects

Start cued up for Amazon in Hull

Work will begin in 2024 on a 558,000 sq ft fulfilment centre at Wykeland Group’s Melton West business park, next to the online retail giant’s existing delivery station.

Working with a team including SMR Architects, Wykeland took the development through planning, securing permission in 2021, and then sold the consented site to Amazon.

The project is worth £150m and adds to the £30m “last mile” operation opened in 2022 by Amazon.

Wykeland managing director Dominic Gibbons said: “We’re pleased that Amazon has announced that this development will soon enter the construction phase.

“Having successfully steered the project through planning, we concluded the sale of the site to Amazon 18 months ago. The development will now be delivered, bringing very significant economic benefits to the region.

“The Amazon retail fulfilment centre will be the latest in a series of major developments at Melton West and underlines the significance of the business park as a driver of economic growth.

“It also further validates the very significant long-term investments we have made in infrastructure at and around the business park that have made developments of this scale possible.”

Amazon said that the fulfilment centre will employ thousands of people, and will feature robotics to improve delivery processes and increase operational efficiency and safety.

The firm has invested £2.1bn in Yorkshire since 2010, creating more than 4,000 full and part-time jobs to date, including over 60 apprenticeships.

A spokesperson for the group said: “We’re excited about the development and look forward to sharing more details in the future.”

More than 1m sq ft has been developed at the 200-acre Melton West, located on the A63 west of Hull.

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