London Gateway Logistics Centre officially opened

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Robert Goodwill MP visited DP World London Gateway to participate in the official opening of the first distribution centre at the London Gateway Logistics Park, which is set to become the largest logistics hub in the UK.

The minister was joined by DP World Chairman, His Excellency Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, to formally open the London Gateway Logistics Centre during a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The first phase of this high tech unit, which comprises 16,800m² (180,000 sq ft) of distribution and logistics space and 2,400m² (25,000 sq ft) of office space, has been finished to BREEAM ‘very good’ standard, the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.

In partnership with DP World, the Centre is being operated by leading logistics service provider, Import Services Limited, and is offering a variety of activities on a pay-as-you-go basis.  Based on market demand, DP World is already planning to increase the size of the centre to 36,000m².

Mr Goodwill said: “I am delighted to have been able to open the London Gateway Logistics Centre, which is the next step in this ground-breaking development on the north-bank of the River Thames which is breath-taking in its size, scale and attention to detail.

“DP World London Gateway is an excellent example of the benefits inward investment brings to UK infrastructure and the economy.  Any project that gives the country an edge, whether it be generating supply chain efficiency or leading the way in environmental sustainability, should be commended.”

HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem added: “Our new DP World London Gateway Logistics Centre is the next landmark in this unique development for the UK and I am delighted to be here today with the Minister for Transport.

“DP World London Gateway is transforming UK supply chains and this new logistics hub has been constructed to the highest quality and environmental standards. It is the perfect example of how retailers and cargo owners can achieve cost savings by positioning themselves strategically, here, in the right location for trade.

“Our team has worked hard to deliver the first building at the London Gateway Logistics Park. I would like to congratulate them on producing a world-class edifice, fit for the challenges of 21st century logistics.

“Our next building, in joint venture with Prologis, is progressing well and we expect it to be ready in September.