Amazon is opening a new £450m fulfilment centre in Wynyard Park, Stockton-on-Tees, which is due to start operating in October.

The 464,000 sq ft site is located off the A19 and will feature three floors of Amazon Robotics technology.

The ecommerce giant will start with 1,000 employees, but has future plans to create a total of 2,000 jobs. Recruitment has started for a range of roles from engineers, HR, IT, health and safety managers, finance specialists and staff who will pick, pack and ship orders.

The Wynyard Park centre will be Amazon’s fourth fulfilment centre in the North East of England following openings in Darlington in 2020 and Gateshead in 2021.

Labour MP for Stockton North Alex Cunningham said: “I was impressed by the modern state-of-the-art robotics building, which I visited earlier this year, and I’m looking forward to seeing the site fully open and operational this autumn, creating 2,000 new permanent local jobs and adding to Amazon’s already significant investment in the North East.”

Amazon regional director Marianna Desai added: “I look forward to recruiting talented individuals in a diverse range of roles, from engineers and IT professionals through to the teams who will handle customer orders.”