Sunday, June 16, 2019

Deep Water Container Port Sees Further Warehouse Development at Growing Logistics Park

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UK – DP World is slowly forging ahead with its plan to be the country's premier deep water container port and distribution conurbation with work now well under way on the latest phase, LG231, the 231,000 square foot warehouse at its 212 acre London Gateway Logistics Park in the hinterland of the River Thames side site. The company will formally introduce the proposal at the 2019 Multimodal Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham on Tuesday 18 June at 3pm.

The port operator says the new build offers occupiers and operators the ability to significantly reduce supply chain carbon emissions by being located at the heart of the UK’s densely populated South Eastern consumer market and on the same site as one of the world’s fastest growing, best connected ports, claiming excellent road and rail links.

Readie Construction has been appointed as the principal contractor for the development which will comprise 218,945 square feet of warehouse space and 11,970 square feet of two-storey ancillary office. The facility will have a yard depth of 50 metres, plus 12.5 metre clear eaves height, 68 HGV spaces, including 28 dock levellers, and 50kn/m² floor loading. Oliver Treneman, Park Development Director, DP World London Gateway Logistics Park, said:

“We’re delighted to have started work on LG231, a new development at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park. Interest in the logistics park is high, with around four new leases having been signed in the last 18 months. This new facility gives us the ability to meet the growing needs of our customers quickly with a high-spec building, which, above all, offers unrivalled flexibility.

“We are willing to explore short term leases from five years, giving prospective occupiers the flexibility they need in complex and volatile times, in a multimodal, market-centric location that can be the catalyst for reducing carbon emissions, while increasing supply chain efficiencies.”

Construction of the warehouse will be Planet Mark accredited, meaning carbon consumption during the build has been considered and reduced at every possible opportunity. This ensures occupiers can operate more sustainably from a Grade A, BREEAM Excellent centre that has itself been constructed to the highest sustainable standards.

Work started on-site during May, with planning consent obtained from Thurrock Council in less than 28 days thanks to the Logistics Park’s Local Development Order. The new addition will have a bevy of Blue Chip neighbours including the likes of UPS, Lidl,, CMA CGM, Halo and Dixons Carphone. Stuart Read, Chairman, Readie Construction, said:

“Having successfully completed the development of two warehouses at DP World London Gateway in the last 18 months, we are delighted to have been appointed to construct LG231. We have already mobilised on site and works are progressing nicely; we have already begun driving the first of 3,200 piles into the ground as we aim to deliver the building by the end of the year.

“As we have done with other developments on the Logistics Park site, we will be working in harmony with the local community to engage them in the project while ensuring we reduce carbon consumption at every possible point through the way, and from where we source materials, to the processes we use during construction.”

Photo: Breaking ground: From left to right - Stuart Read; Jeremy Cracknell, Senior Property Development Manager, DP World London Gateway; Mark Whorlow, Project Manager, Readie; Steve Quinton, Logistics Park Project Manager, DP World London Gateway.