DP World to expand London Gateway Logistics Centre
by James Morgan
DP World is to expand its London Gateway Logistics Centre, just two months after operations commenced at the facility.
Owing to high market demand, the UAE-headquartered terminal operator will increase the size of its UK logistics hub from 19,200 sq m to 36,000 sq m.
The second building, which is expected to be ready in September 2015, is to be completed in joint venture with Prologis.
HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World, said: “Our team has worked hard to deliver the first building at the London Gateway Logistics Park. I would like to congratulate them on producing a world-class edifice fit for the challenges of 21st Century logistics.
“Our next building, in joint venture with prologist, is progressing well, and we expect it to be ready in September,” he revealed.
Operations at DP World’s first London Gateway logistics facility began two months ago. The firm revealed details of its expansion plans at the building’s inauguration ceremony.
The centre is being operated by DP World in conjunction with Import Services Limited.
Commenting on the expansion, the UK logistics firm’s managing director, John Eynon, 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.
“Services, such as cross docking, high-volume order processing, pre-retailing, distribution to the Majors, Multiples, Indies, and direct to consumer, are all in demand at this unique location, which combines the supply chain benefits gained from both port-centric and market-centric logistics,” he explained.
The DP World London Gateway Logistics Park is located adjacent to the UK’s newest deep-sea terminal.
The UAE shipping outfit has stated that it is now ideally placed to serve the largest consumer market in Western Europe.