The construction of a 35,870m2 Common User Facility (CUF) has been marked by a ceremony held recently at the London Gateway Logistics Park.
The new specialist cargo handling centre will allow users to share transportation and warehousing, material-handling equipment and labour.
Located adjacent to DP World’s London Gateway Port, it is designed to operate 24/7 and will include cross-docking, storage, distribution and multi-user ‘pay-as-you-go’ value-added logistics services.
DP World London Gateway CEO Simon Moore, said: “The CUF will be a highly attractive proposition for SMEs that do not need a large standalone dedicated distribution centre of their own. However, it will also be valuable for larger businesses looking for supplementary capacity or an ‘incubator opportunity’ where they can build up volumes from an initial small start.”
Moore continued: “In addition, the CUF will allow businesses with existing commitments and infrastructure to add London Gateway to their distribution networks as a strategic ‘devanning’ and collection point, bringing new agility and flexibility to their supply chains whilst significantly reducing costs.”
The CUF is due for completion in late Q1 2015, with operations starting in early Q2 2015.