Wolseley is a British multinational, the world’s largest specialist trade distributor of plumbing and heating products to professional contractors and a leading supplier of building materials to the professional markets. In the UK it is best known by its brands such as Plumb Center, Build Center, Bathstore and Brandon Hire.
Wolseley required a central location for its UK operations, and the opportunity to site its National Distribution Center alongside its new headquarters.
Warwickshire Investment Partnership provided valuable assistance during the search process, and an 18-acre site was acquired at Spa Park in Leamington Spa.
Completed in 2005, the 73,000 sq ft headquarters building houses around 400 employees. This was followed in 2006 by Wolseley’s 355,000 sq ft National Distribution Center, employing up to 180 people.
The most recent development at Spa Park is perhaps the most exciting. The £3.2 million Sustainable Building Center (SBC), which officially opened in June 2008, is a national showcase for sustainable building products and construction methods. The SBC team are available to advise customers, including developers, architects and house builders, on the selection of appropriate sustainable building materials.