Magna Park, Lutterworth

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Magna Park
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Coordinates: 52°27′40″N 01°14′45″W / 52.46111°N 1.24583°W / 52.46111; -1.24583 Magna Park is a 500 acres (2.0 km2) road warehousing and logistic centre (distribution centre) located near Lutterworth, Leicestershire, England. The population of the site is listed in the civil ward of Bitteswell.

History and description[edit]

Magna Park was created by a collaboration between the Church of England and Asda in 1988;[1] constructed on the site of a former airfield (RAF Bitteswell) it is considered a pioneer of large distribution centres in the UK.[2] It is located in an area of land bounded by the M1, M6 and M69 motorways; known as the 'Golden Triangle' for its logistically favourable location.[3][4]

In 2005 a major fire at UK clothing retailer Primark's warehouse at the site destroyed much of the company's stock.[5]

In 2007 tenants included Asda, Britvic, Honda, Toyota, BT, Argos, LIDL, Merck Eurolab, TNT and Panasonic.[6] In 2008 it was the largest distribution centre in Europe.[1]

In 2013 police raided one of the smaller units to find a fully operational crystal meth lab and almost a million pounds in unused notes.


  1. ^ a b Moran, Joe (14 August 2008). "Big-shed nation". New Statesman. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Schiller, Russell (2001). "10. Industrial location , pp.129-130". Dynamics of property location: value and the factors which drive the location of shops, offices and other land uses. Spon Press. 
  3. ^ Moran, Joe (2010). On Roads. Profile Books. p. 150. ISBN 978-1-84668-060-1. 
  4. ^ Ratcliffe, John; Stubbs, Michael; Keeping, Miles (2009). Urban planning and real estate development (3 ed.). Routledge. Distribution parks, p. 597. 
  5. ^ "Primark stock destroyed in fire". BBC News. BBC. 2 November 2005. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Magna Park takes the lead on ecological design" (PDF),, 2007 [dead link]