For around 500 people in Doncaster, it is the vast space where they spend most of their day. Those numbers are set to double this week as the giant Amazon warehouse at Doncaster iPort gears up for its busiest time of the year by taking on hundreds more seasonal staff. A typical working week consists of four 10 hour shifts, days or nights.
The Christmas rush means a major rise in the workload at the warehouse, the third situated in the borough. Inside the vast building are shelves stacked up to 13m high with goods on a site which is the equivalent of 14 football pitches in size. It is so big that engineers move around on bikes to get to jobs they need to access.
Entering the building, staff walk past a vast canteen, with hundreds of seats and facilities including table tennis and pool, before getting to the main warehouse, where the racks of stock stretch as far as they eye can see. There is constant movement of yellow vehicles designed to access the shelves, which the staff call PUPs, similar to a fork lift truck. There are over 100 of these PUPs. The sound of horns mingles with the rattle of machinery and conveyor belts as the drivers make sure the workers on the ground, all clad in high vis, know they are there.
General manager Stuart Morgan said: "We are setting records at the moment as we only opened 10 weeks ago. We're getting ready for Christmas and Black Friday marks the start of the Christmas period”.
Black Friday this year is Friday November 24 and always takes place on the day the Americans eat their Thanksgiving dinner. As Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November every year, Black Friday lands on the fourth Friday of the month. It is a day when most major retailers open early and offer promotional sales.