Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Online Sales Drive Yet More Expansion as Deep Water Port and Logistics Park Speculate

Another Warehouse Facility Under Construction to Accommodate Growth
Shipping News Feature

UK – It seems the benefits of having flexible planning arrangements with the local authority has once again smoothed the path for Britain's newest deep water container port and logistics park on the banks of the River Thames.

DP World’s London Gateway facility has almost 10 million square feet of land with pre-approved planning consent, making the process of expanding facilities in the logistics park in the hinterland behind the quays a simple process.

The latest reveal is the fast tracking of a speculative 146,000 square foot green warehouse facility before the end of 2021 to meet the rapidly growing demand for premium warehousing space in the South East of England. This follows the letting upon completion of LG231, a 230,000 square foot warehouse facility, to P&O Ferrymasters last year.

Management has commissioned the new LG146 facility as the latest part of plans to profit from companies operating in the busiest commercial catchment area in the south of England, and never tire of pointing out the advantages offered by having the deep water facilities alongside road and rail connections to the capital, Europe’s largest consumer market.

Logistics generally has held up well during the pandemic, as would be expected, but the surge in online shopping, and the likelihood that such expansion is likely to continue, has paved the way for expansion such as this, with completion of the unit by the end of the year. Oliver Treneman, Park Development Director at DP World in the UK, said:

“The new facility will be ready for occupancy in the last quarter of the year and will be one of the most sustainable warehouses yet built, with a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ classification, EPC Rating A and Planet Mark Accredited. We are using the latest sustainable technologies to drive down both the use of raw materials and carbon emissions to the minimum possible levels.

“We aim to provide supply chain integration and our park is the largest facility of its kind in Europe. From this location, our customers can reduce transport costs, gain access to international supply chains and markets, and benefit directly from port-centric logistics. In conjunction with the nearby Port of Tilbury, London Gateway is also bidding for Freeport status which would further enhance the attractiveness of this location for companies looking to expand.”