Sladen Estates




The Clipper Distribution Centre is a bespoke 342,000 sq ft distribution facility and is considered to be a world class logistic super-hub.

The scheme was a joint venture between Sladen Estates Limited and a major pension fund, both of whom have extensive experience of working in partnership to deliver large distribution developments.

Tolent was engaged to undertake the construction of the distribution centre, which included an additional 20,000 sq ft of office accommodation within the building, comprising of a main office centre and ancillary office pods.

The structure consisted of steel frames with conventional composite cladding. The BREEAM ‘Very Good’ building offers a modern and environmentally friendly supply chain solution, allowing retailers to benefit from its port-centric location, just off the A19 in Wynyard.

The design was developed to offer greater flexibility to support the changing demands of multi-channel retailing. The building is cross-docked for inbound and outbound deliveries and contains three mezzanine levels for the storage and collection of goods. The building was also designed to be inline with high environmental standards, maximising the use of natural light and utilising motion sensitive lighting throughout the facility, minimising energy usage and operating costs.

Tolent is committed to protecting the environment through sustainable construction methods, a commitment which was demonstrated on this project with a site-specific sustainability plan. Eco-cabins were utilised on site and assisted in the conservation of energy. In addition, waste was segregated at source with 99% recycling figures demonstrated throughout the project.

The main works included a significant overlap for the client’s fit out works. These works comprised the installation of mezzanines, automated racking systems, storage racks, compactors and all mechanical, electrical and plumbing, including life safety systems for fire detection and sprinklers. These works were commenced before the opposite end of the main building was complete.

I am impressed with the professional approach of the site management team and the calm attitude that prevails. The considerate attitude displayed seems to be the enduring memory of this visit. All-in-all, an excellent site.

Peter Crane

Considerate Constructors Scheme








342,000 sq ft


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