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Inverness branch of Booker wholesaler is set to grow

By Neil MacPhail

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Booker, a subsidiary of supermarket giant Tesco, has been given planning permission for a “seamless” extension to its warehouse in Inverness.

As a foodservice wholesaler Booker serves caterers, retailers and other businesses from over 170 warehouse all over the country.

Its Inverness warehouse at 19 Longman Drive no longer meets the growing storage needs of the business, says a report to Highland Council planners, and they are therefore looking to extend the existing facility on the current site.

Architects Dyer were appointed in April 2022 to assist Booker in conducting a feasibility study and preparing designs for the project.

The existing warehouse area measures approximately 3590 sq.m within a 2.17 acre site. The extension is proposed to the north extending the existing warehouse with a single storey 1066 sq.m attached building.

Dyer say the width, roof heights and material pallette of the extension will be dictated to reflect that of the existing building, while all other facilities will remain the same.

The height of the extension will match the existing eaves and ridge heights of the warehouse.

Dyer’s report added: “The new addition has been designed to appear seamlessly as part of the existing building composition.

“The extension will reflect the existing appearance and palette of materials present within the existing Booker warehouse.

“Profiled metal cladding, brick faced walls, internal finished, roof detailing and rainwater goods will be specified to match the existing building.

All the existing landscaping within and around the site, which provides screening to the boundaries, will be unaltered, as will the car parking and tree lined frontage to the site.

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