Our involvement at DIRFT dates back to 1990 and during this time we’ve witnessed a transformation of the site, from a number of agricultural fields into one of Europe’s busiest and most successful international rail freight terminals.  Lichfields has delivered a consistent ‘train’ of permissions throughout this period, with DIRFT I comprising nearly 400,000 square metres of rail served warehousing; DIRFT II adding a further 180,000 square metres; and culminating in DIRFT III, where Lichfields advised on a Development Consent Order (the first such ‘commercial’ DCO to pass through the system), consenting a further 730,000 square metres at this nationally significant site.

The DCO approval represents a key juncture in DIRFT’s history.  Lichfields has been involved from project inception and to see this latest scheme begin to come out of the ground with the economic and sustainability benefits it can deliver, is really exciting.

Hugh Scanlon, Senior Director, Lichfields