NewCold’s high-tech deep frozen cold storage plant is set to be the largest of its kind in the UK, boosting the city region’s retail logistics sector in the area. The 16 acre site in Wakefield, at Junction 30 of the M62, will boost the North’s role and reputation as the nation’s cold store, enhancing the unrivalled retail logistics offer in the region and further supporting the global food and drink brands with distribution centres located in the city region. 


Planners, economic development officers, land owners, local councillors, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and UKTI came together to quickly identify sites, expedite the planning process and investigate a number of funding possibilities to help make the preferred site more cost-efficient.

The site is located on the former Newmarket Silkstone Colliery which closed in 1983 and the new development brings 120 construction jobs in the initial build-phase, with a further 154 permanent multi-skill positions for managers, technical supervisors, engineers and operatives.

Profiting from this new distribution centre for Northern-based food manufacturers, NewCold also sees future potential for supporting firms in their region targeting UK and international markets as well as drawing in work from organisations based in Germany, France or further afield. Further job growth of over 40% is planned in the two years following the development of the initial site. This will further strengthening Leeds City Region’s position as an integral link in the food and drink supply chain, a sector which is a regional priority and which exhibits significant potential for expansion whist attracting other businesses in the value chain.