Wednesday, June 27, 2018

DP World London Gateway Sees Another Tenant at Thames Side Deep Water Container Port Logistics Park

New Purpose Built Multi-Temperature Warehouse to Get Perishables to Market Sooner
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UK – Just four months after we reported that work had started constructing a new bespoke, temperature controlled warehouse on behalf of fruit ripening and distribution group SH Pratt, DP World's London Gateway tells us they have handed over the keys to the 108,555 square foot facility which lies in the Logistics Park in the hinterland of the UK's newest deep water container port. From the new multi-temperature location Pratt will operate its latest business venture – Halo.

The new tenants will now occupy the building and undertake the fit out, installing high-tech, temperature controlling equipment across nine chambers, three of them frozen, to enable fresh product to be stored in the most suitable and controllable environment. The intention is to have the building operational and handling a large variety of temperature controlled, chilled and frozen products by October.

The new business meshes perfectly with the London Gateway ethos of shortening the distance to trade markets once goods are imported, with Halo seeking to reduce food miles and increase freshness in perishable and chilled supply chains by adding value to products coming across the quay. The facility is a Grade A quality building, rated BREEAM ‘Excellent’, EPC ‘A’ rated and with The Planet Mark™ accreditation, ensuring that construction was undertaken in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Oliver Treneman, Park Development Director, DP World London Gateway, observed:

“The processes we have put in place to deliver bespoke warehouses for tenants quickly and flexibly are working. This is demonstrated by the fact we have handed over this building less than eight months after the planning application was submitted. As a developer of industrial real estate, possessing considerable in-house supply chain expertise, we have the ability to rapidly develop fit-for-purpose, environmentally friendly buildings in a location that lends itself to enhancing supply chains.

“This project with SH Pratt Group is a great example. Halo is going to add value to temperature controlled supply chains, through its mix of expertise and know-how and through operating a high-spec, focused facility on the same site as one of the world’s fastest growing container ports.”

The geographical position of the port was the principal driver behind securing this contract as the location, alongside the north bank of the River Thames, means more than 18 million consumers are located within a 90 minute drive, giving retailers and importers the opportunity to reduce lead times, increase the freshness and shelf life of products by getting them to stores faster, cut delivery costs and offer a reduced carbon footprint.

The fast delivery of the building, which comprises 100,094 square feet of warehouse space and 8,461 square feet of offices, was constructed by contractor Readie, and its accelerated programme comes thanks to a Local Development Order which DP World London Gateway has agreed with Thurrock Council, one of only two such unique planning consents in the UK. The order ensures planning consent can be obtained for warehouse facilities up to 1.5 million square feet in size and up to 42 metres in height, within just 28 days, meaning occupiers can begin reaping the benefits of reconfigured supply chains sooner. Robert Wells, Chairman, SH Pratt Group said:

“This is another key milestone in the development of Halo, our exciting new venture. We’re really pleased with how the building has progressed. We’ll now begin a three-month period of fitting out the building with high-tech temperature controlled equipment, which will enable us to handle a huge variety of refrigerated and frozen goods.

“Halo will see us drawing on our expertise in delivering a quality service when it comes to handling a wide range of products. This will be through a state-of-the-art, fully accredited, fully-focused facility, which coupled with the Group’s sister company, Kinship Logistics, and its ideal location at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park, will be able to pass on tangible savings to customers and also reduce demurrage by offering a rapid turnaround.”

Photo: Chris Lewis, UK CEO, DP World, Robert Wells and others give a sense of scale to the new building.