New £83m MoD centre in Donnington formally opened

New logistics centre in Donnington Image copyright Telford & Wrekin Council
Image caption The centre is the size of 10 football pitches

An £83m Ministry of Defence (MoD) logistics centre has been formally opened in Shropshire.

The Defence Fulfilment Centre in Donnington, Telford, which is the size of 10 football pitches, will store food, clothing and medical supplies.

The centre would streamline storage and distribution, delivering savings of about £500m by 2028, the MoD said.

Construction began in October 2015 and Telford & Wrekin Council said it would add £60m a year to the local economy.

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The 80,000 sq m (860,000 sq ft) facility, a central hub for storage and distribution, includes two warehouses and a support building.

Image caption The centre would transform the way essential supplies were stored and distributed, Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said

MoD Donnington already provided logistics support for the army, handling military equipment and weapons.

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin, who opened the facility, said: "The Defence Fulfilment Centre in Donnington will transform the way we store and distribute essential supplies to the Armed Forces who keep us safe.

"Supported by our rising defence budget, this £83 million investment and partnership with leading logistics specialists is concrete evidence of our determination to give our personnel the very best support wherever they are in the world."

The facility is managed by Kuehne + Nagel on behalf of Team Leidos.

Image caption Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin opened the new centre

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