MADE.COM, one of the largest occupiers of DP World London Gateway’s logistics park, is set to exercise an expansion option in its lease agreement and double its onsite capacity.
The leading digital lifestyle brand in home will open an additional 350,000 sq ft of warehousing over two phases, with the first phase complete by August 2021 and the second April 2022.
Nicola Thompson, chief operating officer at MADE.COM, said: “We are thrilled to expand our warehousing operations at London Gateway as we respond to continued growth in customer demand for exclusive designs.
“Combined with our innovative just in time supply chain model, this expansion of our warehousing facility in Tilbury is an exciting step towards achieving our long-term strategy to grow the business sustainably, as we continue to invest in operational efficiency and become the design destination for digital natives.”
The decision to expand was made possible by DP World’s offering for its occupants to easily scale up their physical distribution infrastructure and grow business within London Gateway logistic park.
Occupants are able to take advantage of developable land on a site the size of 400 football pitches and easily scale up their distribution operations in line with their business growth.
Oliver Treneman, park development director at DP World UK, said: “When MADE first approached us, they were a young and dynamic new entrant to the market and the ability to scale up was a key consideration for them – we have demonstrated both a flexible approach and that we are able to deliver.
“As the economy grows and consumers purchase more goods online, businesses increasingly need smarter logistics solutions to serve their customers. By providing the ability for occupiers to expand we are supporting businesses with the scalability they need to grow in tandem with our rapidly expanding logistics park.”
Over the past decade, DP World has invested nearly £2bn (US$2.4bn) in the UK to be able to provide its customers with fats, reliable and flexible links to international supply chains and markets.
When completed, the new facility will enable MADE to benefit from closer proximity to London as the logistic park’s proximity to both a deep-water port cuts transport costs between port and logistics hubs and between hubs and markets.
The logistic park also has outstanding road links and access to an adjacent rail terminal – one of the largest in Europe, enabling MADE and other occupants to import and export goods more sustainably.