In a market where consumer behaviour can change daily and the biggest challenge for supply chains is anticipating demand, location is a top priority for logistics occupiers. And location is one of the main reasons why Prologis entered a joint venture with DP World London Gateway to develop a speculative 316,000 square foot Grade A distribution centre at the new London Gateway Logistics Park.
The building, which is currently the largest ready to occupy unit in the South East and 100 miles beyond, is within a 90-minute drive time of 46% of the UK population. Just 20 miles from Central London, the new distribution centre is well placed for all retail operations; bricks and mortar as well as e-commerce, since potential occupiers could complete three replenishment runs into the city every night.
The tri-modal connectivity of London Gateway Logistics Park is another attraction. Located next to the DP World London Gateway deep sea port, which serves trade with six continents, the park is also within easy reach of the M25. Connected to the national rail network, the park has a direct rail link to the multi-modal facilities at Prologis RFI DIRFT.
While this level of connectivity brings significant cost savings for supply chains, the new distribution centre itself offers further levels of operational efficiency. Built to Prologis’ sustainable development methodology, the facility has BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation and an EPC ‘A’ rating. This means that the customer will have reduced operating costs because the unit’s regulated energy emissions will be 30% lower than those of a standard new building of the same size.
On the doorstep of 20 million consumers, with the supporting infrastructure of one of Europe’s largest multi-modal logistics hubs, this cost-effective distribution centre, which is available on flexible market terms, is a perfect location for a modern logistics operation.