Amazon in Essex
In the spring of 2017, Amazon opened a brand new fulfilment centre (dubbed ‘LCY2’ after its closest airport, London City) in Tilbury, Essex, creating 1,500 new permanent jobs in the local area.
Amazon were looking for a “mega shed” warehouse for sorting and fulfilment in the South East of England, and were introduced to Invest ESSEX by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to identify a suitable location and property solution. At 2 million sq ft, the Amazon Tilbury warehouse equates to 28 football pitches, making it one of the biggest warehouses in the UK. Nevertheless, Essex offers 1000+ acres of large development space, making it the perfect location for companies like Amazon.
Invest ESSEX, who work with partners in the property sector to find solutions for clients, conducted an extensive search of property and locations identifying the London Distribution Park as an ideal solution due to its potential to accommodate the type of high quality warehousing and logistics facilities, connectivity and strategic location in the south of the UK as required by Amazon.
Invest ESSEX introduced Amazon directly to the Port of Tilbury and Thurrock Council in April 2014, who then negotiated with Amazon to secure the warehouse site and open Amazon Tilbury.
We are very pleased that Amazon has chosen to build their new fulfilment centre at the Port of Tilbury in Thurrock, Essex. It has been a long time coming since our initial discussions which were facilitated through Invest ESSEX back in 2014. The 2.2 million sq ft facility will be the largest of its kind in the UK and initially employ 1,500 and opened in Spring 2017. The Port is well placed for Amazon to maximise their supply chain routings and we look forward to working with them to make this happen.
Chief Operating Officer
Forth Ports Ltd
Fulfillment centre using Amazon Robotics
The LCY2 Tilbury fulfilment centre became Amazon’s 13th in the UK when it first opened. They have also since opened their doors to members of the public by offering guided tours of the facility between the months of February and September, including local schools and other community groups alike.
Amazon Tilbury became the third fulfillment centre in the UK to use the pionering robotics technology produced by its subsidiary Amazon Robotics (which was previously known as Kiva Systems after they purchased the company for $775m in 2012). This advanced robotics technology which first launched in the UK the year before subsequently aids operations by speeding up processing time, reducing walking time for employees, and allowing for 50 per cent more items to be stowed away per square foot.
Not only has Amazon provided additional employment with excellent career and training opportunities in the area, it has also made a significant contribution to the wider community. This is an example of the scale of Amazon’s investment in Tilbury, and it also illustrates both the success of the borough of Thurrock and the incredible growth of jobs in Essex.
MP for Thurrock
Amazon and Tesla
Going forward, Amazon Tilbury is seen as a key part of Amazon’s operations in the UK. The company has recently submitted plans to the local council for the installation of Tesla powerpacks at Tilbury in order to provide self-sufficient energy supply, as well as installing solar panels on the roof of the building which will provide approximately 17.7% of the power for the facility.
If approved, this would be the second project of its kind to use powerpacks for self-sufficient energy in the UK by Tesla after their collaboration with Manchester Science Park in April 2018.
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