Amazon is set to open one of the UK’s largest warehouses in Essex next year. The four storey warehouse will be one of Amazon’s biggest developments in the South East of England.
Amazon will be a key tenant at the London Distribution Park development at the Port of Tilbury occupying a new four storey 550,000sq ft (51,100sq m) warehouse. Once completed, the warehouse will provide over 2 million sq ft (186,000sq m) of floorspace and is expected to create over 3,500 jobs once fully operational.
“This is great news for the port and for the Thurrock area. We are delighted that Amazon will be based at London Distribution Park (LDP). By basing itself at London’s major port, Amazon will save time and money and capitalise on our prime south east location and our excellent, well established logistical connections to the UK market.”
Charles Hammond, Group Chief Executive of Forth Ports
Working with Amazon
Amazon, who were looking for a “mega shed” warehouse for sorting and fulfilment in the South East of England, were introduced to INVEST Essex, Essex County Council’s inward investment team, by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to identify a suitable location and property solution.
INVEST Essex, who work with partners in the property sector to find solutions for clients, conducted an extensive search of property and locations identifying the London Distribution Park as an ideal solution due to its potential to accommodate the type of high quality warehousing and logistics facilities, connectivity and strategic location in the south of the UK as required by Amazon.
INVEST Essex introduced Amazon directly to the Port of Tilbury and Thurrock Council in April 2014 who then negotiated with Amazon to secure the warehouse site with planning permission granted in May and construction having commenced this month.
“We are very pleased that Amazon has chosen to build their new fulfilment centre at the Port of Tilbury in Thurrock, Essex. It has been a long time coming since our initial discussions which were facilitated through INVEST Essex back in 2014.
The 2.2 million sq ft facility will be largest of its kind in the UK and initially employ 1,500 and open in Spring 2017. The Port is well placed for Amazon to maximise their supply chain routings and we look forward to working with them to make this happen.”
Perry Glading, Chief Operating Officer, Forth Ports Ltd
Meeting increasing customer demand
Amazon is increasing the size of its UK fulfilment centre network to meet increasing customer demand, expand its product selection of more than 150 million items and support the needs of a growing number of independent small businesses selling on Amazon Marketplace using Fulfilment by Amazon warehousing and delivery.
The Tilbury fulfilment centre will be equipped with the latest and most advanced Amazon Robotics technology which launched earlier this year in the UK at Amazon’s fulfilment centres in Dunstable and Doncaster.
“We are excited to announce that we will be opening our 13th fulfilment centre in the UK in Tilbury in spring 2017 to enable us to continue to expand our product selection, support more third party sellers including small businesses with our fulfilment expertise and meet growing customer demand in the UK.”
John Tagawa, Amazon’s Vice President of UK Operations
A location accessing one of Europe’s biggest consumer markets
The site of Amazon’s new warehouse, the London Distribution Park, is a 70 acre industrial and logistics development with unique locational advantages, alongside the Port of Tilbury on the River Thames and immediately adjacent to London. The port offers exclusive multimodal connectivity, including rail, port and barge services. The warehouse development, a joint partnership between developers Roxhill and the Port of Tilbury, will be situated within one of Europe's biggest consumer markets with around 18 million people living within a radius of 75 miles.
“This is excellent news for London Distribution Park. The strategic location adjacent to the port of Tilbury is a major asset for businesses and we welcome Amazon to the development. London Distribution Park is currently the largest ready to go industrial development site closest to the M25 on the market. We have already secured Amazon and Travis Perkins and we continue to see an increase in the number of businesses looking for distribution centres located in or near a busy port.”
Jason Dalby, Managing Director, Roxhill Developments
About the Port of Tilbury
The Port of Tilbury is one of the largest deep water ports on the River Thames and the closest port to the City of London. The port has doubled in volume size in the past ten years and is investing millions of pounds in the areas of infrastructure, equipment and people.
It is a significant distribution centre, covering over 850 acres and is well positioned to access the M25 orbital motorway and the rest of the UK's national motorway network. In addition, there are direct rail connections within the Port that provide on site access to the whole of the UK.
About INVEST Essex
INVEST Essex promotes Essex as a prime UK business solution location to international and UK companies. Delivering a ‘total solution’ that can guide and support businesses through every stage of a business relocation or expansion project enabling them to take very real advantage of the unique business opportunities the location provides.
INVEST Essex has strong relationships with the ports in Essex resulting in commercial co-operations and business development triggering investment projects and growth.
See here for more information on INVEST Essex.
See here for more information on the Port of Tilbury.
Source [Forth Ports]