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Sara.Mikunda_43228 Aug 22

165,000 sq ft for AF Blakemore

Manton Lane Logistics Site

AF Blakemore, the food and drinks business, takes ambient, chilled and frozen warehouse

AF Blakemore, the food and drinks business, has taken a pre-let on a 165,000 sq ft build to suit warehouse at Manton Lane in Bedford from Barwood Capital.

The ambient, chilled and frozen warehouse is part of Blakemore’s national expansion plans. A planning application will now be submitted and AF Blakemore is due to take occupancy in Q1 2021.

Manton Lane is an eight-acre site which has an existing outline planning consent for 10 industrial units totalling 150,000 sq ft. It was acquired in September 2018 for £3.5m with Equation Properties acting as the development manager.

Geoff Hallam, joint managing director of AF Blakemore said: “The move will strengthen our reputation as a national food distributor, enable us to continue to improve our service to customers and ensure the long-term sustainability of the business. We have a firm commitment to responsible business practice, and positive engagement with colleagues, customers, the environment and the local community will be a clear focus for the business as we look to establish the new site.”

Kimmre acted on behalf of Barwood Capital; Knight Frank acted on behalf of A.F. Blakemore & Son.





(source: Logistics Manager)