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Leonardo to begin construction on logistics hub in SW England


June 16, 2021
By Naomi Szeben


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Leonardo announced that construction on a new single-site logistics facility at Leonardo’s helicopter site will begin shortly in Yeovil.

The facility is estimated to cost a little over $51 million, spanning an area of nearly 20,000 m2, and is scheduled to be completed in Q4 2022. The project sees the consolidation of eight existing warehouses into one all-encompassing logistics hub.

With all logistics under one roof, the facility maximizes the potential of helicopter component logistics and offers reduced operating costs. The new facility is heavily focused on sustainability; It will be equipped with rainwater harvesting tanks for brown water services, full LED lighting throughout the facility, and a heat recovery system in the main warehouse, which will be complemented by a modern office temperature control system. In addition, there will be a bank of electrical vehicle charging stations.

The site will be operated under a new ten-year commercial contract with Kuehne+Nagel, which will include an investment in plant and equipment installation and warehousing transition activity by the global transport and logistics company. The facility is expected to be fully operational in 2023.

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The new facility will service production facilities and provide support for the global fleet of rotary aircraft built at Leonardo’s site in Yeovil – the UK’s only onshore helicopter manufacturer – and support the management of production tooling.