Tuesday, August 4, 2020

New Tenant for Logistics Park at Latest London Deep Water Port

Gateway Continues to Grow
Shipping News Feature

UK – As the latest tenant moves into the logistics park which lays in the hinterland of DP World's London Gateway deep water container port it is good to see a project which was born amongst doubt as ecological arguments were raised and a financial storm restricting investment in maritime projects raged, coming to fruition.

More than a decade has passed since London’s newest port first laid plans for a location in which logistics and ocean shipping would have a common point, somewhere goods could be transferred between quay and temporary storage or processing facility without needing road transport, and this month the occupation of LG231, a 231,000 square foot distribution centre by P&O Ferrymasters marks another milestone for the progress of the Gateway.

This is Ferrymasters’ first facility in the UK supporting both imports and exports and DP World’s smart logistics solutions and industry-leading technology will allow the company to optimise its 'market-centric' distribution centre strategy, whilst London Gateway’s prime location just 10 miles from the M25 and 25 miles from Central London provides essy accessibility to one of Europe’s largest consumer markets.

LG31 itself has been leased by P&O for five years and is rated as BREEAM Excellent, with an EPC 'A' rating and is also Planet Mark accredited, guaranteeing both sustainable construction and operations in the future. The site also has the adjacent rail terminal giving lower carbon access to the wider country and Mark Mulder, Director Contract Logistics, P&O Ferrymasters comments:

“This additional new warehouse capacity at London Gateway marks an important step in our plans to enable trade flows across Europe. This new facility will provide the operational flexibility and capacity our customers need to ensure their supply chains are becoming even more efficient and effective with direct access to a central hub linking rail, road, deep sea and short sea. With both Rotterdam and London Gateway recently operational, we believe we are well positioned to provide resilient and agile supply chain solutions which have become more important than ever.”

Ferrymasters opened the new Rotterdam distribution centre in 2019 which complements the P&O Group developments in Tilbury, activities which are more continental cargo focused. The newest centre is primarily focused on Food & Beverage and FMGC industries but it is suitable for any vertical industry in a building having an internal height of 12.5 metres with 28 dock-levellers and 4 level access loading doors, wet bond facilities and the ability to handle a full suite of logistics operations.

The new tenant is of course no great surprise since DP World acquired P&O in 2019, and for its part says it can continue to develop new, bespoke buildings on the Gateway site from 100,000 to 1.6 million square feet for other prospective tenants, with the ability to obtain planning consent within 28 days under its Local Development Order. Oliver Treneman, Park Development Director, DP World London Gateway, remarked:

“We are excited that P&O Ferrymasters has become the first tenant of LG 231. We look forward to working with P&O to deliver innovative and flexible supply chain solutions which add value to our customers’ businesses.

”LG 231 is the ideal location for P&O Ferrymasters to grow over the long term as DP World London Gateway has the capacity, when complete, to be the largest integrated port and logistics park in Europe. Together we can offer unrivalled service for customers and possess the potential to radically impact the whole supply chain and enable the smarter flow of trade.”