Gazeley and Segro are to go head-to-head to bring a new wave of multi-storey warehousing to the UK.
The move comes amidst mushrooming demand last mile warehousing in London.
Gazeley, has announced the acquisition of a six-acre plot at Silvertown, in London’s Docklands, where it will speculatively develop the UK’s first three-storey logistics facility.
If successful the example could be repeated around London, where land supply problems are becoming acute and pressure for urban logistics floorspace growing fast.
Multi-storey warehousing has dedicated supporters in mainland Europe but has been slow to catch on in the UK.
The Gazeley site, to be called G Park London Docklands, will be 426,000 sq ft and . The site, located in Silvertown, was acquired from joint venture partners Galliard Homes and Cain International represented by Simon Higgins at Levy Real Estate.
The warehouse will comprise over 426,000 sq ft of space over three levels allowing for either multiple or single customer occupancy.
The building will be used as a ‘last mile’ logistics hub for London and surrounding areas, targeting e-commerce, distribution and logistics customers. This development is in line with Greater London Authority’s commitment to land being made available for ‘last mile’ distribution close to central London and the Northern Isle of Dogs. The warehouse will be 2.5 miles from the City of London.
Gazeley say that with scarce land available in London and an increasingly on-demand economy, distribution and logistics operations must find new and innovative ways to keep up with increasing delivery volumes demanded in shorter time periods. G Park London Docklands utilises the land available to deliver the maximum amount of space to potential customers.
The move comes almost a year after Segro pondered plans for 450,000 sq ft multi-storey warehousing in Enfield.
Segro has already explored further multi-storey development closer to Heathrow to meet growing airside demand. They already operate the UK’s single large multistorey warehouse at Heathrow, a 230,000 sq ft facility.