The world’s largest courier, UPS, has submitted plans to build a 180,000sq ft distribution centre at the DP World London Gateway Logistics Park, according to The Loadstar.
The application was received by Thurrock Council and it has been given a fast-track planning permission “determination deadline” for Monday 28 September.
The news of the UPS DC follows the official opening at the end of July of a major common user facility, which DP World chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said would be “the tip of the iceberg” for the logistics park.
Indeed, next door, DP World is preparing to open a 300,000sq ft logistics warehouse in a 50:50 joint-venture with international real estate developer Prologis, and according to Mike Thomas, client services director at Import Services, which manages the common user centre, the facility has been overwhelmed by the interest from retailers requiring cross-docking services for containers arriving at other ports in the UK south-east.
As a consequence, the warehouse is approaching capacity, with cargo manufactured in Asia, as importers take advantage of streamlining their supply chain and increasing retail sales space.
There is no doubt that the cross-docking operation has been a major success story for London Gateway, and UPS will no doubt utilise the DC as an overnight clearance facility for London and the South-east.
Separately, John Good Shipping, has moved into the recently opened logistics centre at DP World London Gateway.
John Good Shipping, founded in 1833, has chosen to move to the new hub to increase efficiencies for its clients whilst capitalising on the huge opportunities for the company to further develop its ship agency and freight forwarding activities in London and the South East.
The move into 465m² (5,000 sq ft) of high tech office accommodation comes as the company announces the consolidation of its Brentwood and Tilbury offices. This forms part of its strategic goal to create a larger, more streamlined central hub at DP World London Gateway Port and Logistics Park.
It also enables John Good Shipping to be closer to its customers, while offering an enhanced range of facilities, warehousing and other value-added services.
The capacity of DP World London Gateway’s first distribution centre, encompassing 16,800m² (180,834 sqft) of distribution and logistics space, and 2,300m² (25,000 sqft) of office space, assists John Good Shipping’s growing portfolio in freight forwarding and customs clearance.
His Excellency Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, said:
“We are delighted to welcome John Good Shipping to the logistics centre at DP World London Gateway, which is adjacent to Britain’s newest deep sea container port.
“John Good Shipping is a valued tenant and a very professional organisation. Their choice in using DP World London Gateway’s logistics park is a testament to the benefits of locating shipping companies at what is set to become the UK’s largest logistics hub.
“Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of officially opening our brand new Logistics Centre and I am pleased to announce that the building is already eighty per cent full. This is great news as we have plans to expand and we are now talking to potential clients about phase two of the development.”
Alan Platt, Managing Director, John Good Shipping, said:
“We are delighted to base ourselves at DP World London Gateway’s logistics park. It is a fantastic location for trade and this is absolutely the right decision for our business. It will ensure we can continue to deliver efficiencies to our customers. Our clients will benefit from more efficient UK supply chain technology, which delivers products to markets faster, more efficiently and reliably.”
DP World London Gateway is located 25 miles from central London and is located closer to two-thirds of the UK market than other ports that can handle the world’s largest container ships. The application of new technology is enabling supply chains in the UK to become faster, more efficient and more reliable.
Source: The Loadstar