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SEGRO to build UK's first multi-storey urban logistics unit

The UK’s first urban multi-storey urban logistics development will be built in Brent, North London.

The 134,000 sq ft unit over six floors could provide a template for how to intensify the use of industrial land to meet demand for logistics space in major cities.

SEGRO, who have already completed a multi-level warehouse in Paris, and mixed-use developer St George, are behind the proposals.

The development forms part of Grand Union, a new canalside neighbourhood of over 3,000 homes being delivered by St George in Alperton, close to Park Royal. The developers say it is an innovative new concept for delivering multi-storey light industrial property and is designed to maximise employment space and accessibility on the 1.7-acre plot.

The concept fully supports the aspirations in the GLA’s new London Plan to intensify industrial land, delivering jobs and homes as part of the regeneration of a wider brownfield site.

Inside the building the ground and first floors will be utilised to provide over 100 parking spaces, with electric vehicle charging points also being incorporated. The flexible industrial space is arranged over four upper levels which can be configured as up to 20 individual units offering a range of sizes, supported by shared meeting rooms, breakout areas and wellness spaces, including a green roof terrace.

The development will incorporate sustainability features such as photovoltaic cells and an internal green wall. Construction is expected to begin in Summer 2022.

The site is close to Tudor Estate and Premier Park at Park Royal and will front onto the North Circular (A406), providing connectivity to the M1 and M25.

Alan Holland, Managing Director, Greater London at SEGRO, said:  “We are strong advocates for multi-storey warehousing in some urban settings given the pressure on land supply and the need to create space that supports different types of employment. We have successfully delivered multi-storey logistics at scale in Paris and now have the opportunity at Grand Union to adapt this format for a smaller urban site.”

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