Johnston Logistics UK

Our History

300px-Snettertonheath-5feb46Johnston Logistics is located on the site of the former Royal Air Force station Snetterton Heath or more simply RAF Snetterton Heath which is  located south east of the A11.

Snetterton Heath airfield was constructed by Taylor Woodrow Ltd. in 1942, at a cost of £950,000 to Class-A specifications. The main runway was 6,000 feet long with two secondaries of 4,200 feet each. Originally thirty-six hardstands of the “frying pan” type were constructed as when work started, the base was intended for RAF use. When re-scheduled for the United States Army Air Forces the number was increased to fifty, all of them being on the south and eastern side of the airfield as a railway line and the A11 road restricted dispersed locations. Total area of concrete laid in its construction was 530,000 square yards with storage provided for 144,000 gallons of fuel.

  • 1973

    Richard Johnston started his grain trading business from an annex of his home in Garboldisham


  • 1974

    1st January Richard Johnston Ltd was registered at Companies House


  • 1978


    1st August a 6 ½ acre site at Harling Road Snetterton was purchased by Richard Johnston Ltd for the storage and trading of grain, a pair of T2 aircraft hangers remained on the site and used as grain stores.


  • 1979

    Building 2 constructed.  


  • 1980

    1980Building 3 constructed, a former coach depot purchased from Reading was dismantled and rebuilt to add another 66,000 sq ft of storage for grain. 


  • 1982

    Building 4 at 52,000 sq ft & Building 5 at 36,000 sq ft. Both these buildings were fully refurbished in 2012/2013 fitted with ‘very narrow aisle’ racking to maximise storage and self-guided VNA combi trucks for high level pallet load storage and retrieval.

    Then     16  Builing 4 resize     Today


  • 1984

    3  5

    Building 7 Fertiliser Blending Plant was opened.


  • 1984

    19  18

    Grain silos constructed and rail track laid.


  • 1985

      10  15

    A railway siding link to Eccles Road was constructed and was officially opened by Mr David Mitchel Minister for Transport and Sir Paul Hawkins MP for South West Norfolk.


  • 1986

    Building 6 constructed 28,000 sq ft of general warehousing facilities.

    Then      Original Snetterton Airfield control tower  About us HQ rsize     Today

    Image courtesy of

    New Office Building – On the site of original Snetterton Airfield control tower


  • 1987

    Richard Johnston Ltd purchased 750 acre farm for grain production.


  • 1990

    Building 9 constructed 60,000 sq ft.


  • 1992

    Extended buildings 8 & 9 to 200,000 sq ft for General Warehousing.

    kettle warehouse resize


  • 1993

    Building 10 added to the site. This 16,600 sq ft bonded warehouse is approved for the storage of agrochemicals.  Richard Johnston Ltd came out of the grain trade to focus on General Warehousing.

    Bulk store rsize


  • 1996

    Refurbished Building 4 for general warehousing and open storage facility for out of gauge goods.

    Out of Gauge 1 resize


  • 2001

    Building 9 was vacated by our tenant Colmans and warehouse refurbished. Further refurbishment of other grain stores into general warehousing.


  • 2006-2007

    Building 11 constructed 5,000 sq ft designated as a contract packing warehouse.


  • 2007

    Building 12 a dedicated facility built for client bottling production line 24,600 sq ft.

    IPL Tanker resize


  • 2010

    Richard Johnston Ltd launched a separate logistics division; Johnston Logistics offering added value warehousing services. HMRC Duty Representative status obtained.


  • 2012

    Vertical Form Fill packing machine installed in Building 11 to expand contract packing services.
    Form fill resize


  • 2013

    Refurbishment of Building 3 a former coach depot and extended it to a 66,000 sq ft bonded warehouse facility. Construction of Building 14 adding a further  72,000 sq ft to the operation.

    IMG_0904  IMG_0916


  • 2014

    Became an approved Primary Consolidation Centre for ASDA Walmart and implementation of nationwide cross docking operation.

    ASDA logo  Logistics resize


Johnston Logistics Site Today
Site Crop