Logistics Businesses Find Space for Growth at ‘the UK’s Multimodal Gateway’

UK Multimodal GatewayThe UK’s logistics and distribution sector is seeing an impressive return to growth. According to recent data from LSH, take up of logistics space (property, sq ft) grew by 17% between 2013 and 2014, and evidence suggests that 2015 will be ‘another good year’.

The challenge now will be to provide UK logistics businesses with the expansion space they need. According to the same report, the UK’s available stock of logistics space declined by 29% during the same 2013-14 period. [1]

Space for expanding UK logistics and distribution businesses…

DP World London GatewayA shortage of available land for logistics operations, resulting from planning regulations and local objections to building on ‘green field’ sites, is a chronic problem at many of the UK’s major logistics locations - both port-adjacent and inland [2].

This is an area in which the county of Essex possesses a significant competitive advantage as a UK logistics hub. The existence of large-scale, former industrial sites in strategic port-adjacent locations means that Essex can currently offer more than 1,000 acres of land for logistics development.

These key sites benefit from tri-modal (sea, rail and road) transport connectivity, and include substantial acreages that are ‘ready to go’ for immediate development. Furthermore, Essex is now seeing the speculative development of large-scale units or logistics and distribution, with Prologis and DP World investing in more than 300,000 sq ft of speculative space at London Gateway Logistics Park.

More than 1,000 acres of portcentric, tri-modal logistics sites…

Sites and properties are available for logistics and distribution uses across the county of Essex. The following is a summary of the county’s major, strategic logistics development sites, each benefiting from port-adjacent locations and tri-modal transport connectivity:

London Gateway Logistics Park, Thurrock, Essex UK

London Gateway Logistics Park

Port Adjacent: London Gateway
Multimodal: Tri-modal - sea, rail, road
Unit Sizes: Up to 1 million+ sq ft
Available land: 560 acres/9 million sq ft
Deliverability: Planning in place

London Distribution Park, Tilbury, Essex UK

London Distribution Park

Port Adjacent: Tilbury
Multimodal: Tri-modal - sea, rail, road
Unit Sizes: 70k-670k sq ft
Available land: 70 acres/900k sq ft
Deliverability: Infrastructure in place - 'ready to go'

Thames Enterprise Park, Thurrock, Essex UK

Thames Enterprise Park

Port Adjacent: London Gateway
Multimodal: Tri-modal - sea, rail (sidings on site), road
Available land: Up to 400 acres
Deliverability: Available for redevelopment

Find out more

Contact INVEST Essex to find out more about sites, people and support for your expanding logistics business in Essex, UK.

[1] Lambert Smith Hampton: ‘Industrial and Logistics Market 2015’
[2] e.g. see LSE: Links Between Planning and Economic Performance, 2012

Robert Edge
Robert Edge

Inward Investment Manager (UK Multimodal Gateway:Essex)

+44 (0) 7740 179497


Following a ten year career with a major Colchester freight forwarder shipping everything from confectionery to oxygen plants, Robert has spent almost 15 years in inward investment promotion. Having had experience in China, India and the Middle East, Robert leads on the logistics and renewables sector.