The strategic multimodal rail terminal that will provide Verdion’s £500m iPort development in Doncaster with freight service links to all UK ports and the Channel Tunnel is set to be operational by early 2018.
The 35-acre multimodal rail freight terminal will be able to accommodate trains of up to 775 metres in length and has continental gauge clearance for direct access to European markets. The iPort terminal apron has been designed to accommodate a four-high container stack with a maximum load of 122 tonnes and adjacent to the apron will be a container storage area.
Mark Peat, project manager at iPort for property and construction consultancy Rider Levett Bucknall, said:
"The rail terminal will be live by the back-end of 2017 or early 2018.”
Online retailer Amazon's new 1,019,308 sq ft fulfilment centre at iPort, which will create 500 jobs, is also nearing completion. The works to fit out the interior with Amazon’s logistics system and semi-automated picking and packing operation are due to be finished by the end of this summer. Other lettings for phase one of the iPort scheme include CEVA, Fellowes and Lidl.
The latest of the speculative units on the iPort site developed by Verdion is also now complete. The 195,000 sq ft distribution facility, called IP2e, which also has 8,000 sq ft of office space, is now available to let and has been the subject of several enquiries, according to Verdion.
On the wave of strong occupier interest, Verdion is now pushing ahead with phase two of the iPort development. Work has begun preparing the ground works for the southern part of the site, which can accommodate almost three million sq ft of industrial space across various sizes of units. There is also scope for the rail freight terminal to be extended to that part of the site, dependant on occupier demand.
John Clements, European development director at Verdion, said:
"The groundworks have begun on phase two and we will continue a rolling programme of speculative development."
Gent Visick, CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield are letting agents for iPort.