ILG (International Logistics Group Ltd)

Award-winning multi-tier project

The fit-out of ILG (International Logistics Group Ltd) new flagship storage distribution centre based in East Grinstead, including the installation of a multi-tier racking system complete with warehouse conveyors, shelving systems and over 2,300 pick locations...


Client Background:

Established in 1990, ILG has grown to become a market leader in fulfilment, warehousing and logistics services. The company has evolved alongside the e-commerce wave and major developments in the courier and freight industries to be the pick, pack and ship service for businesses.


ILG (International Logistics Group Ltd)



East Grinstead, West Sussex


Project Summary:

The fit-out of ILG's new storage distribution centre in West Sussex, including the installation of a multi-tier racking system complete with over 2,300 pick locations...

UKWA Awards Winners 2017
Warehouse multi tier structure - top floor- ILG Ltd
Multi tier systems with shelving and pallet racking

An award-winning storage solution...


An exceptional period of growth throughout 2016 led ILG to invest in their seventh storage distribution facility based at The Birches industrial estate in East Grinstead. This multi-purpose facility and the third major project we’ve completed for ILG will focus on serving the company’s fashion and beauty clients whilst allowing ILG to continue providing their unique value-added experience. 

In order to meet the needs of a growing fashion fulfilment division and the demand to process e-commerce orders for next day delivery ILG needed a storage solution that would maximise capacity whilst optimising the overall workflow of their pick, pack and despatch operations. 



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"SEC have developed a good understanding of our business and our requirements as we grow and expand. They offer valuable advice and delivered this throughout our largest project yet, in the tight timescales we were working with."


Tom Ashley
Client Services & IT Director

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Fulfilling the demand for next day delivery


Following an extensive warehouse appraisal and feasibility study SEC found that the best solution for ILG would be to install a rack-supported, multi-tier picking structure, maximising the cubic capacity of the new warehouse. Standard bulk pallet racking would create the foundation of the structure adding over a 1,000 pick locations on the ground floor and raised access walkways were then installed and supported by the racking below.

A mixture of shelving systems were then installed throughout each floor of the structure adding an additional 1,300 pick positions. In order to transfer products throughout the structure, SEC installed roller conveyor systems on each floor feeding into a dedicated spiral gravity chute and then down to the pick and pack station based on the ground floor. The pick and pack area was incorporated underneath the structure to save on warehouse space and optimises the travel distance of ILG warehouse operatives saving wasted time and unnecessary operative fatigue. 


As with all multi-tier structures, a 60-minute fire rating was needed in order to comply with strict building regulations. This was achieved by installing a steel exposed, white-faced suspended ceiling underneath the mezzanine floor along with the creation of a dedicated stairway enclosure with access points to each floor. 


The new facility is now setup to accommodate true demand based storage, meaning ILG are now able to retrieve products from anywhere throughout the warehouse. This intelligent solution from SEC will help ILG to continue providing their ever-expanding, award-winning services to clients for many years to come.



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"Our commitment to delivering the best possible service for our customers and supporting their businesses is a fundamental part of ILG.


I am delighted for everyone at ILG that our high standards, commitment and hard work has been recognised by this award from the UKWA.


Congratulations to all the team at ILG and of course to the team at SEC Group for their Technical Innovation Award.


Mike Stephenson
Managing Director

Warehouse longspan shelving systems
Mezzanine floor suspended ceiling - ILG Ltd.
Warehouse roller conveyor systems attached to a spiral gravity chute

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