Car maker BMW has applied to expand its part distribution factory in Northampton by 150,000 square ft in a move it says would create 70 new jobs.
The firm has confirmed it has signed a lease agreement, a 14,000 sq m extension to its existing regional parts distribution centre at Prologis Park, Pineham.
A planning application has been submitted to Northampton Borough Council and if approved it would allow the group to greatly increase the number of parts it distributes to retailers such as BMW, Mini and Rolls Royce.
Aftersales director at BMW Group UK, Richard Price, said: “The proposed extension will give us the opportunity to expand the capacity of our Pineham facility in line with our growth aspirations and we expect 70 new jobs to be created over the next 10 years taking the total number of jobs at the facility to around 270.”
The distribution centre at Pineham is currently predicted to dispatch around six million part lines for overnight delivery to BMW and Mini retailers this year alone.
The warehouse at Pineham, which first opened in 2012, is also home to the company’s parts and accessory business.
The borough council’s cabinet member for enterprise and planning, Councillor Tim Hadland, said: “Distribution remains a key strand of Northampton’s economy, and it’s extremely gratifying to see prestige brands such as BMW investing more in the town.
“This development fits in well with the ethos of our Northampton Alive programme of regeneration, which has seen unprecedented levels of investment in the town’s businesses and infrastructure.”