Online retail giant Amazon is set to be the first tenant of a £700m distribution hub near East Midlands Airport (EMA) which is the UK’s busiest pure cargo airport and handles over 320,000 tonnes of flown cargo every year. EMA is already the UK hub for DHL and UPS, and support operations for TNT and Royal Mail.
It is understood that Amazon has agreed a deal to occupy a 500,000 sq ft unit at the Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway, next to junction 24 of the M1, creating 3,500 jobs.
The site is expected to be completed by April 2019.
East Midlands Gateway has planning consent for up to six million sq ft of logistics space and will incorporate a 50-acre strategic rail freight interchange and is expected to have around ten distribution units.
The rail freight hub links directly to the Castle Donington freight line, which provides access to major UK ports such as Southampton, Felixstowe and London Gateway.