Deliveroo submits plans for nine-kitchen hub in Birmingham centre

Deliveroo has submitted planning consent for a nine-kitchen hub in the centre of Birmingham, it has emerged.  

The food delivery giant reportedly intends to use the site in Upper Gough Street to carry out 240 deliveries between 11am and 11pm each day.

The move is part of the company’s ‘Deliveroo Editions’ strategy, which could see it launch hundreds of ‘dark kitchens’ across the UK that provide restaurant-quality food off-site.

According to the Birmingham Mail, the nine kitchens will be created on the site of a former warehouse and will allow chefs to cook food to order solely for Deliveroo customers within a 1.5 mile radius.

At the moment Deliveroo picks up meals from dozens of restaurants in the city including Five Guys, Wagamama, Pho, Pizza Express, KFC, Pieminster, Pushkar and more, the paper said.

Deliveroo declined to comment on its plans but the planning application it lodged with the council confirms that it is seeking a ‘change of use’ permission to convert the site from a warehouse (Class B8) to commercial kitchen (Use Class B1c).

“The premise is that restaurants will utilise kitchen units owned by Deliveroo to cook food to order solely for Deliveroo customers. The benefit of these fixed sites is that they will enable Deliveroo to deliver more quickly and efficiently to customers without having to travel to the restaurant itself,” the application states.

It adds that the move will have “the additional benefit of taking the pressure off kitchens within existing restaurants where the demand for delivery is at times exceeding capacity and putting the pressure on the restaurant operation itself”.

Deliveroo notes that its air capture and containment ventilation systems would “capture more than 94% of fumes, grease and odours”.

While the investment will provide a boost to restaurant partners working with Deliveroo, the Birmingham Mail said the plan has already come under fire from a pub which neighbours the site.

Mick Clementson, the landlord of Craven Arms Pub next door, told the paper he was concerned about the noise the new unit will generate due to the number of trips delivery riders will make each day.

“Workmen have been digging underground to install fridges for about a month now. Because I am in the trade, I reckon they have spent £40,000 so far. Why would Deliveroo do that when the planning application hasn’t even gone through yet? I am going to object because my living quarters are right above.”

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