In another milestone in the development of its London Gateway Logistics Park, DP World has announced that Buckingham Group has been awarded the contract to build the Common User Facility (CUF).
Buckingham Group has now commenced construction, with the new logistics centre planned for completion in Q1 2015. The 375,000 square foot multi-purpose specialist cargo handling centre will be fully integrated with the new deep-sea container port DP World London Gateway.
The works comprises the design and construction of:
- 335,625 ft2 of warehouse space
- 40,683 ft2 of office space arranged over 3 floors
- Goods in / goods out pod offices each offering 4,953 ft2
- External site works including 30,000 ft2 double HGV Service yards
- Car parking, landscaping and drainage
The building, located adjacent to London Gateway Port in Stanford-le-Hope, is, with the support of the following professional team, being designed and constructed to achieve "Very Good", BREEAM 2011:
- Stephen George & Partners – Architect
- BWB Consulting - Civil Engineering
- SKM – Structural, MEP Engineering and BIM Co-ordinator
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a core requirement of the project. A BIM Model will be managed, maintained and developed through the detailed design and construction phases so that a fully co-ordinated BIM Model of the building, external areas and underground services is handed over to DP World on practical completion for use in any future alterations, ongoing maintenance and for facilities management.
With nine million square feet of warehousing and office accommodation, the London Gateway Logistics Park will be the largest of its kind in Europe. The Common User Facility will offer 24/7 operation, and the benefit of shared labour and materials handling equipment. The facility will include cross-docking, storage, distribution and multi-user 'pay-as-you-go' services.
Tim Brown, Partner/Director of Buckingham Group Contracting stated, "We are delighted to have been awarded this exciting, high-profile contract. We understand the importance of this milestone in the development of the London Gateway Logistics Park and are looking forward to working with DP World to create a fantastic facility for logistics providers and their customers"
About DP World London Gateway
Opened Q4 2013, DP World London Gateway is the UK's first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe's largest logistics park. Owned and operated by DP World and situated on the north bank of the River Thames, London Gateway provides unrivalled deep-sea shipping access to the largest consumer markets in the UK. The port's location, with its superior operational systems and service, ensure ships load and unload as fast as possible, making London Gateway a world class asset for the UK.
About DP World
DP World has a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals across six continents (1), including new developments underway in India, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Container handling is the company's core business and generates more than three quarters of its revenue. In 2013, DP World handled 55 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units). With its committed pipeline of developments and expansions, capacity is expected to rise to more than 100 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.
DP World has a dedicated, experienced and professional team of around 30,000 people serving its customers around the world, and the company constantly invests in terminal infrastructure, facilities and people to provide quality services today and tomorrow, when and where customers need them.
In taking this customer-centric approach, DP World is building on the established relationships and superior level of service demonstrated at its flagship Jebel Ali facility in Dubai, which has been voted "Best Seaport in the Middle East" for 20 consecutive years.