With 40,000 people employed in the logistics sector in Essex, the county is a leading force in the UK logistics market with the south of the county particularly under the spotlight. Home to two of the closest ports to London; the Port of Tilbury and DP World London Gateway, the areas around these ports are now the focus for some of Europe’s largest growth regeneration projects including Europe's largest logistics park.
With the ports benefitting from accessibility via sea, road and rail, their supply logistics play a key role in:
• Creating an efficient supply chain
• Contributing towards minimising food/product miles
• Reduction in costs, waste and carbon footprint
Investing in the area
Essex is of particular interest to new portcentric companies who are increasingly investing in the county. Companies such as Uniserve, the Woodland Group, Cosco Logistics, Pentalver, the Canute Group and DSV are just some of the major names already established in the county within close vicinity of the ports. Multimodal 2015, the UK and Ireland’s biggest transport & logistics event, was the busiest it’s ever been with over 8500 attendees.
At the London Distribution Park, alongside the Port of Tilbury, 108,000 square feet has already been pre-let to the leading builders’ merchant Travis Perkins and in the last few months, the development arm of construction and engineering giant Kier Group has acquired a new £8m Thurrock site to develop into 241,000 sq ft of industrial and warehousing space.
Portcentric logistics, where a container is unloaded at the port, is at the forefront of modern logistics and is very prevalant in Essex. A logistics location in Essex enables cost effective direct distribution of imported cargo to reach almost 50% of the UK’s GDP and 35% of its population within 2.5 hours’ drive by truck.
The Port of Tilbury recently announced the construction of a £20million refrigerated distribution centre in partnership with NFT Distribution (NFT). The centre, planned to open in late 2015, is a long-term partnership investment with NFT - the UK’s market leader in chilled food distribution - to create a unique portcentric distribution centre which will be one of the largest refrigerated (“reefer”) quayside facilities in Europe.
The Port of Tilbury has also recently announced the London Construction Link; a versatile consolidation and distribution facility combining river access with excellent road, rail and IT-driven storage management infrastructure. This is alongside a new £190m renewable power facility - generating enough green electricity a year to power more than 70,000 homes and burn up to 270,000 tonnes of waste wood a year. The wood, provided by Stobart Biomass, will be sourced from the local area and processed at a new £7.5m waste wood processing facility being built by Stobart Rail next to the plant.
Europe’s largest logistics park
DP World London Gateway logistics park has 560 acres and 9.25 million square feet of warehousing space which will sit directly behind the dockside freight handling facilities. Later this year, a 316,000sq ft distribution centre will be opening at the port in conjunction with industrial property giant, Prologis. The new centre is part of Europe’s largest logistics park.
Investing in logistics
The Port of Tilbury spent nearly a quarter of a million pounds setting up a new dedicated centre for logistics related education and training. This follows on from the success of the portcentric storage, distribution and logistics site used for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Games.
INVEST Essex working with the ports and logistics sector
INVEST Essex has strong relationships with the ports in Essex resulting in commercial co-operations and business development triggering investment projects and growth.
Work that started at the port development and consultation stage now involves the promotion of the port to the port’s prospective clients and tenants and to international companies drawn to the benefits of a close proximity to the UK’s newest deep sea port and Europe’s largest logistics park.
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. 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, with access to the whole of the UK.
The Port of Tilbury specialises in construction transportation to London, import/export of timber, distribution of paper, and production and distribution of recycled products.
About DP World London Gateway
Located just 25 miles from central London, DP World London Gateway has 16 million consumers within 50 miles enabling ships to enter the UK closer to the key areas of consumption such as London, Birmingham and Manchester.
The UK’s newest deep sea container port benefits from accessibility via sea, road and rail and operates its own terminal with rail logistics partner DB Schenker Rail (UK) planning to run four intermodal trains per day. The port is also home to a 9m sq ft logistics park that will be Europe’s largest.
Sources [London Gateway Logistics Park] [London Distribution Park]
INVEST Essex is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). For more information on INVEST Essex see here.