Croda gets go ahead for £7m distribution centre in Goole

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 14 Feb 2019

FTSE chemicals specialist Croda has had plans for a new £7m distribution centre in Goole approved.

The new warehouse space, in the Goole 36 enterprise zone, will act as a worldwide distribution hub for chemical products made at its sites in Hull and Rawcliffe Bridge.

The first phase of the build will see 19,600 square metres of warehouse space built, with potential for two separate expansions in the future to meet anticipated growth demand.

Approval of the plans adds to the recent success at Goole 36, which will also soon be home to Siemens’ £200m rail factory.

A planning document on the new development said: “The requirement is to provide a modern distribution warehouse of a suitable height to incorporate internal storage racking.

“The building is to be used for the storage and distribution of various products including chemicals to suit the needs of the end user.”

Croda is a FTSE 100 chemicals business with bases in Hull and Rawcliffe Bridge, near Goole (Karl Andre Photography 2008)

Croda has said new jobs are expected to be created at the new warehouse, in a move which would see the business join other big names including Tesco and Guardian Industries at Goole 36 .

Maarten Heybroek, president at  Croda Europe , said: “Our founding Rawcliffe Bridge manufacturing site and our Global Headquarters, Cowick Hall, are both located less than 10 miles away.

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“In line with our ongoing commitment to innovation and sustainability, we will use the latest technologies to minimise our environmental impact and offer the most advanced safety features to our people in a facility of this kind.

“This announcement demonstrates the Company’s commitment to UK manufacturing and provides long term job security for the workforce who will move from our existing operation and for the new quality warehouse roles we will create.”

Croda is a FTSE 100 chemicals business with bases in Hull and Rawcliffe Bridge, near Goole (Karl Andre Photography 2008)

Croda said it plans to relocate its existing warehouse from Thorne to the Goole site.

The chemicals specialist has said the move is designed to “stay close to its manufacturing operations along the M62 corridor, and keep easy access to the UK-wide road network.”

News of Croda securing planning approval comes as no great surprise.

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East Riding Council leader Stephen Parnaby OBE previously spoke of his delight at Croda committing its future to the region.

He said: "I’m delighted that Croda, like many other international businesses, has selected Goole as its preferred choice.

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“This is due to its prime location and the support offered by organisations such as the East Riding Council, with its Enterprise Zone status and the excellent connectivity of the site to the extensive motorway network, port facilities and rail connections."

Based in a national Enterprise Zone for business development, Croda also hopes to take advantage of future investments, such as the inter-modal terminal project which aims to further connect rail, road and port infrastructure.

Croda International Plc creates, make and sells speciality chemicals that are relied on by industries and consumers everywhere. 

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