Ground broken on DP World’s new distribution facility

Attending the gourndbreakign ceremony are (from left) Mohammed Sharaf, DP World Group Chief Executive; Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, Non-Executive Director and Vice Chairman for DP World; Hamid Moghadam, Prologis Chairman and CEO; Simon Moore, Chief Executive Officer, DP World London Gateway

A ground-breaking ceremony was held at DP World’s London Gateway Logistics Park to mark the start of construction on a 316,000 square foot distribution facility.

The building is being developed speculatively as an equal joint venture between DP World, one of the world’s largest port operators, and industrial real estate giant, Prologis.

The ceremony took place on Friday, February 6.

The new single-sided 15-metre high distribution centre, which has been designed to offer flexible distribution space, will have a 55 metre yard and space for further expansion.

Located next to DP World London Gateway Port, the U.K.’s most advanced deep-water container terminal, the new distribution centre will benefit from tri-modal infrastructure via sea, rail and road.

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The new facility will be tri-modal, leveraging transportation by road, rail and sea.

The development, which also comprises more than 10,000 sq ft of office space, is being built on Europe’s largest logistics park, which provides 9.25m sq ft of development space. The facility, which has been designed to achieve BREEAM ‘very good’ accreditation and the best possible Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for its size, is being constructed by Buckingham Group.

The unit is scheduled to be ready for occupation by the third quarter of 2015 and has the potential to bring approximately 100 full-time jobs.

Hamid Moghadam, Prologis Chairman and CEO, said: “With its multimodal connectivity and location close to one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, the London Gateway Logistics Park represents the future of the logistics industry.

“Demand has been strong in this market and this property, which is next to the first deep-water port built in the U.K. for over a generation, will cater to customers who want efficient, state-of-the-art distribution facilities.”