LOGISTICS SPECIALIST Wilson James is to open a congestion busting material supplies depot to feed materials to sites across central London.
It is now looking for contractors to use the depot so they can simplify deliveries and reduce congestion on and around major construction sites.
The depot, known as a consolidation centre, is a 4,410m 2 warehouse in south Bermondsey. It opens in November.
The concept builds on an idea developed for delivering materials to BAA's Terminal 5 project at London's Heathrow Airport.
It is run on the principle that materials are delivered to the depot ahead of the time they are needed on site. They can then be delivered to site on a 'just in time' basis, to avoid congestion caused by delivery vehicles converging on site entrances.
It also means that contractors can avoid using up valuable site space to stockpile materials which arrive before they are needed. The facility is south of the Thames but close to sites in the City of London, Docklands and the new Olympic Park at Stratford.
Bovis is the fi rst contractor to have signed up to use it. It will funnel materials to four sites in the City.
'We are getting up to speed with equipment and people, ' said Wilson James' construction and aviation services operations director Tony Palombo.
The depot is being equipped with stock control and traffic management software, plus heavy goods vehicles and a fleet of forklift trucks.
Each site will be allocated its own space inside the depot to avoid confusion.