Robert Goodwill, Minister for Transport, has visited DP World London Gateway to mark the official opening of the first distribution centre at what is set to become the largest logistics hub in the UK.
Mr Goodwill was joined by DP World Chairman, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, to formalise the opening of the centre during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The first phase of the unit 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 Import Services, a leading UK logistics services provider, offering a variety of activities on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, said: “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.”
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, said: “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 next building, in joint venture with Prologis, is progressing well and we expect it to be ready in September.”
John Eynon, Managing Director of Import Services Limited, said: “In just two months of operations at the new London Gateway Logistics Centre, the strong demand for our services means we are already approaching capacity of phase one and now seeking to accelerate development of additional warehousing space at London Gateway.
“Services such as cross-docking, high volume order processing, pre-retailing, distribution to the Majors, Multiples, Indies and direct to consumer, are all in demand at this unique location, which combines the supply chain benefits gained from both port-centric and market-centric logistics.”
The DP World London Gateway Logistics Park is located adjacent to the UK’s newest deep-sea terminal, with its excellent location, on the door-step of the largest consumer market in Western Europe.