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Our buildings are located on Prologis Parks, which we own, manage and maintain. At every Prologis Park, we aim to provide our customers with a high quality working environment and park-wide services designed to support their business operations.
Prologis RFI DIRFT is recognised as the most successful rail freight interchange and logistics park in the UK. Located at the centre of the country, DIRFT is close to the West Coast Mainline railway and the M1 motorway. Infrastructure work has started on the third phase of the development, which has detailed planning permission for 7.9 million sq ft of logistics space and a new rail terminal.
Prologis Park West London is situated just 1.5 miles from the M4 and is strategically located to serve Heathrow airport, greater London, the Thames valley and beyond
Customer Case Studies
The inexorable growth of ecommerce is proving to be a powerful force in the logistics property sector and an interesting example of this phenomenon is our customer AO.com. Over the past six years, AO has expanded from one 360,000 square foot Prologis distribution centre to three facilities totalling over 1 million square feet.
The story began in 2010, when a company called DRL Holdings showed a strong interest in a 360,000 square foot building that we were marketing at Weston Road in Crewe. DRL Holdings was a white goods ecommerce company that had started as Appliances Online.
The company had only been operating for about four years, but its list of customers – Tesco, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis – was impressive, so I arranged to meet Dave Ashwell, the managing director of DRL’s subsidiary Expert Logistics and John Roberts, the company’s founder, on site.
Prologis had done the first deal with Amazon when it came to the UK, so we have been working in the ecommerce logistics sector for some time and our research showed that DRL had a great deal of potential. As I told Dave Ashwell: “We want you to grow with us.”
By moving to Crewe, DRL was able to consolidate all its logistics operations under one roof and the location on Weston Road meant that it had immediate access to the M6 motorway.
The company grew rapidly and in 2013 it was floated and re-launched as AO.com. By 2015, AO was ready to expand into continental Europe and once more Prologis was able to help. We acquired a site in Bergheim-Paffendorf near Cologne are we now constructing a 440,000 square foot purpose-built facility that will include the company’s European HQ.
We want you to grow with us
We want you to grow with us
AO has more than doubled its base at Crewe by taking a 380,000 square foot Prologis building, also on Weston Road, which had just come back onto the market.
When I was on site in Bergheim recently with Dave Ashwell he said: “Remember that conversation we had when you said you wanted us to grow with you? Well, here we are.”
Alan’s expertise is in site regeneration, land acquisition and assembly, planning, property marketing and leasing.