‘Exciting’ East Midlands logistics development passes key milestone

Midlands | Property & Construction
Wellingborough West will welcome Linkline Transport and NNR Global Logistics in 2020.
Wellingborough West will welcome Linkline Transport and NNR Global Logistics in 2020.

A major new East Midlands logistics park is rapidly taking shape, with work now underway on two buildings expected to welcome their tenants in 2020.

Wellingborough West, being developed by Prologis UK, has begun work on a 130,080 sq ft distribution centre for NNR Global Logistics, and a 130,748 sq ft logistics property for Northamptonshire-based haulier Linkline Transport.

The buildings are expected to be completed in May and July respectively, when the two firms will move in on 10 and 11-year leases.

They will be sharing the park with Yusen Logistics, which moved into a purpose-built distribution centre last year.

Senior figures at both NNR and Linkline have heralded the milestone, and say they are eagerly anticipating their moves.

Tim Dabbs, Head of Contract Logistics at NNR Global Logistics, said: “Having recently signed a lease agreement, we are delighted to see building work underway already and we are looking forward to moving to the new facility next year.

“The park offers many benefits – not least its location, which has good access to the M1 and Eastern ports.

“As our chosen property partner, Prologis is working with us to create a building that we can be proud of in terms of its sustainability, energy efficiency and transport connectivity.”

And James Bowes, Commercial Director at Linkline Transport Ltd, said: “We are excited to see the foundations laid on our new state-of-the-art facility.

“Near to our existing headquarters in Northamptonshire, this new 147,000-square-foot distribution centre will provide much-needed additional capacity and facilitate our continued expansion.

“With Prologis’ reputation for delivering on time, we are looking forward to moving into the new facility in May 2020.”

Prologis has been working in partnership with Benniman Construction Group to create both new buildings. The programme is progressing well and, with steelwork currently being erected, both projects are on track to complete on schedule.

The new buildings will follow Prologis’ well-established sustainability strategy. This will include a detailed lifecycle carbon assessment (LCA) and carbon mitigation programme that is independently certified by The Planet Mark.

As part of their certification, the buildings’ whole-life carbon footprints have been calculated, taking account of both their ‘embodied’ and ‘operational’ carbon emissions. Based on this information, a total of 350 acres of rainforest will be protected, through Prologis’ ongoing support for environment charity, Cool Earth.

James Wright, Vice President, Market Officer at Prologis UK, said: “The park has reached an exciting stage in its development and it’s good to see construction activity stepping up.

“As both the developer and owner of these new buildings, we are particularly proud of their sustainable design and high-quality specification.

“Once built, they will provide pleasant workplaces within a well-cared-for and well-connected setting, for the benefit of workers coming to the site and the wider community.

“We’ll look forward to filling the remaining plot in the new year and watching the park grow even further.”

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