DP World opens logistics hub at London Gateway
DP World London Gateway has marked the official opening of the first distribution centre at what is set to become the largest logistics hub in the country.
DP World chairman, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, was joined by parliamentary under-secretary of state for transport Robert Goodwill to formalise the opening of the centre during a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The first phase of this high tech unit, which comprises 16,800m² (180,000 sq ft) of distribution and logistics space and 2,400m² (25,000 sq ft) of office space, has been finished to BREEAM “very good” standard, the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.
Based on market demand, DP World is now planning to increase the size of the centre to 36,000m² (380,000 sq ft).
The centre is being operated in partnership with DP World by Import Services Limited, a leading UK logistics services provider, offering a variety of activities on a pay-as-you-go basis.
“I am delighted to have been able to open the London Gateway Logistics Centre, which is the next step in this ground-breaking development on the north-bank of the River Thames which is breath-taking in its size, scale and attention to detail,” said Goodwill.
“DP World London Gateway is an excellent example of the benefits inward investment brings to UK infrastructure and the economy,” he added. “Any project that gives the country an edge, whether it be generating supply chain efficiency or leading the way in environmental sustainability, should be commended.”
Bin Sulayem added: “Our new DP World London Gateway Logistics Centre is the next landmark in this unique development for the UK. DP World London Gateway is transforming UK supply chains and this new logistics hub has been constructed to the highest quality and environmental standards.”
“It is the perfect example of how retailers and cargo owners can achieve cost savings by positioning themselves strategically, here, in the right location for trade,” he added.
The DP World London Gateway Logistics Park is located adjacent to the UK’s newest deep-sea terminal, with its excellent location, on the door-step of the largest consumer market in Western Europe.
“Our next building, in joint venture with Prologis, is progressing well and we expect it to be ready in September,” Bin Sulayem confirmed.
John Eynon, managing director, Import Services Limited, said: “In just two months of operations at the new London Gateway Logistics Centre, the strong demand for our services means we are already approaching capacity of phase one and now seeking to accelerate development of additional warehousing space at London Gateway.”
The London Gateway container port combines new technology to bring previously unseen reliability and efficiency to supply chains by safely operating non-stop through adverse weather conditions.