Ocado to resume operations in fire-damaged Andover centre by end of the month
Ocado is aiming to begin resuming deliveries from its high-tech warehouse in Andover after it was ravaged by a fire by the end of the month.
According to the Andover Advertiser, the online grocery retailer has started installing 10,000sq ft of temporary refrigeration units at its Andover site, which was largely destroyed by a fire in early February.
The 320,000sq ft Andover site could process around 65,000 orders a week when it was in full operation, utilising hundreds of autonomous robots which move orders from 250,000 storage locations.
Soon after the blaze was extinguished, Ocado began a search for a similar sized site close to that of its damaged location, but maintained that it would repair the former site and resume operation as soon as possible.
“As the surveying is still ongoing it is difficult to provide a fully accurate picture but, on present plans, they are looking to start demolition of the fire ravaged site in the coming months and rebuilding as soon as practicable,” North West Hampshire MP Kit Malthouse told the Andover Advertiser.
“I am very pleased Ocado have confirmed they are committed to the Andover site, and have installed 10,000 sq ft of temporary refrigeration equipment for the commencement of April deliveries while continuing to assess the future potential for the fire damaged site.
The blaze, which eventually required around 20 fire engines and 200 firefighters to bring under control, did marginally dent Ocado’s revenues by 1.2 per cent.
Despite fears it could have a wider impact, Ocado posted revenue growth of 11.2 per cent to £404 million in the first quarter.