Co-operative Group Co-op has started deliveries from its new regional distribution depot in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, UK, to stores across the South-East.

The depot is delivering frozen, fresh and ambient groceries to the convenience retailer’s stores.

Located just off the A1, less than 30 miles north of the M25, the 661,000ft² facility is set to become Co-op’s largest regional distribution centre.

The £45m ($58.6m) depot is designed to serve more than 600 Co-op stores once it becomes fully operational later this year.

The depot has solar photovoltaic panels fitted into the roof and is expected to use 100% renewable energy.

In addition, both indoor and outdoor spaces are designed to focus on wellbeing and mindfulness for the up to 1,000 employees at the site.

It features a contemplation area, an outside green space bordered by a living wall and the group’s award-winning initiative, Night Club, which promotes improved sleep, diet and mental health.

Co-op supply chain and logistics director Andy Perry said: “Our new Biggleswade depot represents a significant investment in our logistic operations, bringing thousands of products closer to communities across the South East.

“Serving our members and customers however and wherever they choose to shop with us is at the very heart of what we do. Whether shoppers choose to pop into their local Co-op, or shop online – where groceries are picked fresh in the local store – our depots work to serve and support our communities and operations.

“Our investment in our new Biggleswade depot forms part of plans to ensure we have the right distribution facilities in place to serve our communities, both now, and in the future.”