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Arco Wins Commercial Development of the Year at the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards

03 December 2021

Arco has been crowned Commercial Development of the Year at the prestigious Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards 2021.

The award, sponsored by Urbana Planning, was presented at a ceremony at the Queen's Hotel in Leeds.

Over the past 18 months, Arco has completed two major developments in Hull. Investing in an extension of its National Distribution Centre and in a new office and collaborative workspace at Blackfriargate.

With longstanding ties to the city since the opening of Arco's first shop in Queen Street in 1893, the family business has relocated back to Hull's Fruit Market area. The new office brings together colleagues from three separate locations to provide a single point of collaboration from where the business can best serve its customers.

Arco's new Blackfriargate home has space for 600 colleagues and is the largest new-build office development for a single user in the Hull area since the late 1960s. Key features include bright open-plan office space with zones for collaborative working, meeting rooms and training suites equipped with state-of-the-art conference technology. The new site is easily accessible on foot from the city centre and via public transport links, with 56 secure cycle spaces.

Arco also recently completed an extension to its National Distribution Centre, known as NDC2. This extension trebled Arco's storage capacity, providing an additional area of 20,500 square metres and an internal clear height of 19 metres. The NDC2 also features one of the flattest warehouse floors in Europe. To support Arco's sustainability vision, it’s lit by natural daylight with daylight harvesting LED lights, activating only when needed.

Arco's NDC2 became operational in February 2020. The increased storage and distribution capacity enabled Arco to respond rapidly to the unprecedented demand for PPE, with the business supporting the NHS, frontline responders and critical industries. The demand for quality-assured and ethically-sourced PPE was so strong that Arco achieved its eight-year NDC2 growth roadmap within five months after launch. Arco’s logistics team became a 24/7 operation distributing 300 pallets and 8,000 parcels across the UK every day.

David Evison, Managing Director at Arco, said:

"Winning the Commercial Development of the Year award is a fantastic achievement for Arco and is fitting recognition for all of those involved in the development of our new collaborative workspace at Blackfriargate and the extension of the National Distribution Centre.

"These investments will futureproof our commitment to customers and will play an important role in the way we support them, both now and in the years to come, as well as enabling us to continue fulfilling our core purpose to keep people safe at work."