Construction of a new state-of-the-art warehouse commenced recently in Kettering and the occasion was marked with a ground breaking ceremony and blessing by Major Martin Hill, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army.

Once complete, the Clothing Collection Division will move to the new 56,500 sq. ft. facility located just off the A43, close to the new Northamptonshire Police Headquarters. The Clothing Collection Division manages the reuse and recycling of clothing and raises millions of pounds each year to support The Salvation Army’s charitable work.

The new facility is being developed with Buccleuch Property and will process up to 45,000 tonnes of donated clothing per year. Reuse is a major focus for us and we work to a target of zero waste; 99% of collected clothing is reused or recycled. As part of the planning process, a great deal of emphasis has been placed on improving working conditions and the environment.

Trevor Caffull, Managing Director of SATCoL pictured below left with Major Martin Hill, said: “Supporting The Salvation Army’s mission and charitable work, alongside an investment in our people and upholding the highest environmentally-sustainable standards, are priorities for our business.

“We have become a trusted partner to large corporations, supermarkets and local authorities across the UK. This new warehouse will see greater efficiencies and increased capacity, and help us to continue to manage large-volumes of donated textiles. We are thankful to have this opportunity to establish an operation in a prime location, and to continue to represent the good work of The Salvation Army within the local community and nationwide.”

The new site will accommodate 120 existing personnel who currently work in the Pytchley Lodge Road operation in Kettering, and also staff from the company’s Wellingborough Support Centre.

Jay Fleming, Business Relocation Project Manager at SATCoL, said: “The new warehouse is purpose-built for our operational needs and will see vast improvements in processes and working conditions. We are introducing a number of environmentally-friendly features such as solar panels on the roof, electric car charging facilities, and ‘green’ cycle shelters.”

Colleagues from across the business, who had been involved in the employee engagement Focus Groups, attended the ceremony.

Jonathan Peacock, Property Director at SATCoL, Neil Finnie, Director from our development partners Buccleuch Property, and several members from the architects, construction, surveying and engineering companies also joined the ceremony. A birch tree will be planted when the site is complete to mark the blessing by Major Martin Hill.

The warehouse is due to be completed in the latter half of 2020.