Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Freight Facility Begins Construction at New Container Port's Logistic Park

Ground Breaking Ceremony Launches Multi Million Square Foot Development
Shipping News Feature

UK – Following on neatly from our last story comes the news that a ground breaking ceremony, held on the proposed site for the logistics park which lies directly behind the container berths at London Gateway deep water port in Essex, means development of the 386,102 square foot Common User Facility (CUF) has begun. The multipurpose specialist cargo handling centre will enable occupiers to share warehousing and transportation, materials handling equipment and labour. Designed to operate 24/7, it will include cross-docking, storage, distribution and multi-user ‘pay-as-you-go’ value added logistics services.

The announcement of the CUF follows another major development in May that Prologis, the leading global owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, would be speculatively developing a 316,000 square foot distribution centre at London Gateway as the DP World owned facility progresses toward its goal of being the UK’s major box port coupled with the country’s largest logistic park. When completed the site will hold approximately 10 million square feet of warehousing and office accommodation, which would actually make the London Gateway logistics park the largest of its kind in Europe.

Construction of the new CUF is being undertaken by Buckingham Group Contracting and is due to be completed in late Q1 2015, with operations starting in early Q2 2015 and DP World London Gateway CEO, Simon Moore, enthused:

“The CUF will be a highly attractive proposition for SMEs that do not need a large standalone dedicated distribution centre of their own. However, it will also be valuable for larger businesses looking for supplementary capacity or an ‘incubator opportunity’ where they can build up volumes from an initial small start.

“In addition, the CUF will allow businesses with existing commitments and infrastructure to add London Gateway to their distribution networks as a strategic devanning and collection point, bringing new agility and flexibility to their supply chains whilst significantly reducing costs.”

Moore constantly presses home the ‘Ship Closer – Save Money’ motto which the new port has adopted, aiming at the London and South East England markets particularly which are the most densely populated areas of the UK, saying exporters and importers looking to optimise supply chains can reduce road miles and increase speed to market, and this view has received local authority support with Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr John Kent and Thurrock Council CEO, Graham Farrant both saying the development will boost the local economy, provide jobs and become a hub for UK logistics companies.

Photo left to right: London Gateway Implementations Director Graham Clarke, Partner/Director of Buckingham Group Contracting Tim Brown, London Gateway CEO Simon Moore, Leader of Thurrock Council Cllr John Kent, Thurrock Council Chief Executive Graham Farrant, London Gateway Commercial Director Peter Ward, London Gateway Engineering Director Andrew Bowen