15th July 2014 – London Gateway, London: A ground breaking ceremony held at the London Gateway Logistics Park, has officially kicked off the construction of the 386, 102 sq ft Common User Facility (CUF).
The multipurpose specialist cargo handling centre will enable occupiers to share warehousing and transportation, materials handling equipment and labour. Designed to operate 24/7, it will include cross-docking, storage, distribution and multi-user ‘pay-as-you-go’ value added logistics services.
DP World London Gateway CEO, Simon Moore, said: “London Gateway Logistics Park is ideally located for exporters and importers looking to optimise supply chains by reducing road miles and increasing speed to market.
“The CUF will be a highly attractive proposition for SMEs that do not need a large standalone dedicated distribution centre of their own. However, it will also be valuable for larger businesses looking for supplementary capacity or an ‘incubator opportunity’ where they can build up volumes from an initial small start.”
Moore continued: “In addition, the CUF will allow businesses with existing commitments and infrastructure to add London Gateway to their distribution networks as a strategic devanning and collection point, bringing new agility and flexibility to their supply chains whilst significantly reducing costs.”
Construction on the CUF is due to be completed in late Q1 2015, with operations starting in early Q2 2015.
Tim Brown, Partner/Director of Buckingham Group Contracting stated: “We are delighted to have been awarded this exciting, high-profile contract. We understand the importance of this milestone in the development of the London Gateway Logistics Park and are looking forward to working with DP World to create a fantastic facility for logistics providers and their customers.”
Thurrock Council CEO, Graham Farrant, said: “With growth in new shipping lines calling at the port, the CUF building now underway and others in the pipework, Thurrock is set to become a hub for UK logistics companies.”
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr John Kent, said: “We are delighted to see construction underway on the first of DP World London Gateway’s distribution centres. It is a welcome boost to the local economy and for local jobs.”
With approximately 10 million square feet of warehousing and office accommodation, the London Gateway logistics park will be the largest of its kind in Europe.
The announcement of the CUF follows another major development in May, that Prologis, the leading global owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, would speculatively develop a 316, 000 sq ft distribution centre at London Gateway.
About DP World London Gateway
Opened Q4 2013, DP World London Gateway is the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. Owned and operated by DP World and situated on the north bank of the River Thames, London Gateway provides unrivalled deep-sea shipping access to the largest consumer markets in the UK. The port’s location, with its superior operational systems and service, ensure ships load and unload as fast as possible, making London Gateway a world class asset for the UK.
About DP World
DP World has a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals across six continents(1), including new developments underway in India, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Container handling is the company’s core business and generates more than three quarters of its revenue. In 2013, DP World handled 55 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units). With its committed pipeline of developments and expansions, capacity is expected to rise to more than 100 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.
DP World has a dedicated, experienced and professional team of around 30, 000 people serving its customers around the world, and the company constantly invests in terminal infrastructure, facilities and people to provide quality services today and tomorrow, when and where customers need them.
In taking this customer-centric approach, DP World is building on the established relationships and superior level of service demonstrated at its flagship Jebel Ali facility in Dubai, which has been voted “Best Seaport in the Middle East” for 20 consecutive years.
(1) As of July 2014.