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Harvest London takes space for industry-leading vertical farm operation

Harvest London takes space for industry-leading vertical farm operation

Prologis, the UK’s leading owner and developer of logistics property will welcome Harvest London, a leader in the innovative sector of vertical farming, to Prologis Park Beddington. The 139,977 sq. ft. unit in Croydon, South London, will house a technologically-advanced indoor farm, growing herbs and salads for customers in the

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Warrens snaps up two new units at Prologis RFI DIRFT

Warrens snaps up two new units at Prologis RFI DIRFT

Prologis, the UK’s leading owner and developer of logistics real estate has completed and leased two distribution centres at RFI DIRFT (Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal), adding over 514,000 sq. ft. of prime logistics real estate to the market.   The two build-to-suit units, DC6 (232,302 sq. ft.) and DC7 (281,890

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Tritax and Prologis join forces to inspire others on social value

Tritax and Prologis join forces to inspire others on social value

Two of the biggest names in logistics property development, Prologis UK and Tritax, have joined forces to publish a report designed to inspire other businesses in the construction and logistics sectors to take a more proactive approach to delivering social value. The report, entitled ‘Building for social good’ shares the

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Full occupancy at Prologis Park Hams Hall as final unit is let

Prologis, one of the UK’s leading developers of logistics property, has successfully preleased all of speculatively built Prologis Park Hams Hall with final unit, DC4, being let to West Midlands-based AMG Logistics on a 15 year lease. The full occupancy of the Park, ahead of practical completion later this summer,

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

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Prologis UK makes senior promotion in Capital Deployment and Leasing Team

Prologis UK makes senior promotion in Capital Deployment and Leasing Team

Prologis UK, a leading logistics property owner, developer and investor has announced a new promotion in the business’ UK Capital Deployment and Leasing team, with James Straw, who has been with the business for over seven years, becoming a Director. Straw joined Prologis UK in May 2016 and began working in the Investment Services team, where he gained a deep understanding of the UK business, as well as the country’s industrial and logistics property market. In February 2021, he joined the Capital Deployment and Leading team, where he has played an important role in a number of significant land and lease deals for the business. As an Associate, Straw led Prologis UK’s first deal of 2023, a 350,000 sq ft build-to-suit development for Hankook Tire. In his new role, Straw will continue to work closely with his colleagues on the Capital Deployment and Leasing team to build and develop Prologis UK’s landbank as well as securing build-to-suit opportunities and leases. Geographically, Straw will keep his focus on the East and West Midlands markets. Robin Woodbridge, Head of Capital Deployment and Leasing, Prologis UK, said: “James has been with us for a number of years now and has really made his mark on the business. He has been pivotal in a significant number of deals and has proven himself a go to person for our customers and our agents, as well as shown himself to be an expert in the Midlands market. “One of the most fulfilling parts of my job is seeing our team thrive and progress, and I am excited to see James’ career develop even further at Prologis UK.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Harvest London takes space for industry-leading vertical farm operation

Harvest London takes space for industry-leading vertical farm operation

Prologis, the UK’s leading owner and developer of logistics property will welcome Harvest London, a leader in the innovative sector of vertical farming, to Prologis Park Beddington. The 139,977 sq. ft. unit in Croydon, South London, will house a technologically-advanced indoor farm, growing herbs and salads for customers in the food service and retail sectors. Echoing Prologis’ commitment to sustainability, Harvest London’s controlled environment agriculture method reduces water consumption compared to traditional farming, uses no chemical pesticides, avoids agricultural pollution of rivers, and dramatically shortens supply chains, helping to make the UK’s food supplies more secure and sustainable. Sustainability is at the core of every Prologis development, with DC3 at Prologis Park Beddington being no exception. Having achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and EPC A rating, the unit will be net zero in operation. This means that all crops grown within the unit will be as sustainable as possible, whilst using less resources than those grown in traditional crop fields. Chris Davies, CEO and Founder of Harvest London, commented: “Prologis Park Beddington was the ideal place for our expansion, enabling us to serve customers in London and beyond, helping to maximise the benefits of vertical farming. We want to bring production much closer to the end consumer, meaning fresher and more nutritious food, and connecting people in cities much more closely with farming. With a shared goal of driving sustainability across our operations, Prologis is the perfect partner.” Gillian Scarth, Director of Capital Deployment for Prologis UK, said: “We’re proud to welcome an innovative business such as Harvest London into our customer base. Prologis has always been at the forefront of innovation, and we’re excited to support the ongoing sustainable farming methods introduced by Harvest London as they continue to grow.” Neighbouring the likes of Oddbox and Easyshipping, DC3 is strategically located near crucial road connections including the A23 and A205. The Park’s strategic location means it is perfectly situated to serve the urban market, particularly given Croydon’s current phase of regeneration.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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National Careers Week: Prologis UK welcomes Northamptonshire students to DIRFT

National Careers Week: Prologis UK welcomes Northamptonshire students to DIRFT

In celebration of National Career’s Week, Prologis UK invited students to The Hub at DIRFT in Daventry, a purpose-built centre for logistics training & education. On Thursday 9 March, over 100 students were given the chance to learn about the variety of jobs and opportunities within the logistics sector. The students, aged from 11 to 14, were invited from six Northamptonshire schools to participate in a variety of activities throughout the day. The activities were specifically designed so they could learn more about the career opportunities the sector has to offer, especially in the East Midlands, where logistics companies are a key employer. To broaden their knowledge, children were taken through different learning experiences on topics such as technology and automation, as well as being given the opportunity to tour warehouse facilities at GXO Clipper, a construction site being managed by Winvic and a rail terminal operation run by Malcolm Rail. Other activities included a speed networking event with a range of logistics operators including DHL, Culina, Europa and Kinaxia, and industry bodies, such as the UK Warehousing Association and Generation Logistics, where they were given the chance to talk to a wide range of people currently working in logistics. Robin Woodbridge, Head of Capital Deployment & Leasing, Prologis UK, said: “Changing the perceptions about the logistics industry and what it’s like to work in warehouses is crucial. We’re always proud to be able to teach and inspire young people and show them the exciting opportunities that the sector offers – these days it’s more about coding and programming skills than the more basic tasks people associate with the industry. As well as being a fun day with the chance to look around some of the huge operations here at DIRFT, we hope our event gave the children some practical knowledge about how important logistics is and the careers it offers.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Warrens snaps up two new units at Prologis RFI DIRFT

Warrens snaps up two new units at Prologis RFI DIRFT

Prologis, the UK’s leading owner and developer of logistics real estate has completed and leased two distribution centres at RFI DIRFT (Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal), adding over 514,000 sq. ft. of prime logistics real estate to the market.   The two build-to-suit units, DC6 (232,302 sq. ft.) and DC7 (281,890 sq. ft.), have been leased to Warrens, part of Culina Group. Warrens, a transport and logistics provider, joins Stobart in expanding Culina Group’s presence at DIRFT. Classed as nationally significant infrastructure, DIRFT is home to many household brands, including some of the UK’s biggest retailers, such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Dunelm. The new build-to-suit units were designed by Stephen George + Partners and constructed by VolkerFitzpatrick.  In line with Prologis’ commitment to meeting its global net zero in operation 2030 target, both DC6 and DC7 are BREEAM-rated “Excellent”, with an EPC A rating. The units are also carbon neutral in construction, certified by Planet Mark. This means that all of the carbon built into the structure during construction has been measured, reduced through proactive design and then mitigated.  Together, the construction of DC6 and DC7 has delivered £5.4 million in social value, partly through the number of job opportunities created onsite. DIRFT is well known for delivering high levels of financial and societal benefits to the Northamptonshire and wider SEMLEP area, with the Prologis Warehouse and Logistics Training Programme (PWLTP) alone delivering over £10 million in social value since its 2021 launch at The Hub, an onsite purpose-built training and education facility.  Speaking about the two new units, Tim Burn, Development Manager at Prologis UK, said: “DIRFT is our largest asset in the UK, and it is always rewarding to watch the site grow and develop. The two new units are prime examples of the state-of-the-art facilities that we deliver for our customers, and what better location to do it in than the UK’s largest multimodal park.  “Culina Group is a longstanding Prologis customer, with Stobart, also part of the group, already operating out of DIRFT. We’re proud to welcome Warrens onsite and look forward to seeing the business further develop and grow.”  Tom Middlemiss, Managing Director at Warrens, said: “Our two new distribution centres are symbolic of our growth ambitions. Being involved in their development from an early stage has allowed us to customise the design and fit-out to meet our exact needs for both today, and the future.”  Andy Collinson, Capital Projects Director at Culina Group, said: “Prologis Parks have always been a solid choice for our customers, and it’s great to see another Culina Group business expand its services at DIRFT. With easy access to major transportation lines, we are sure that Warrens will enjoy everything that the park has to offer.”  Andrew Stoney, Operations Director at VolkerFitzpatrick, said: “Our latest completed project for Prologis UK and Warrens demonstrates the power of collaborative partnership, and is a testament to the ongoing relationship that VolkerFitzpatrick has with Prologis. It was a pleasure to recently host a group of NTU Built Environment students onsite to learn about the exacting standards we collectively work to.”    Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Tritax and Prologis join forces to inspire others on social value

Tritax and Prologis join forces to inspire others on social value

Two of the biggest names in logistics property development, Prologis UK and Tritax, have joined forces to publish a report designed to inspire other businesses in the construction and logistics sectors to take a more proactive approach to delivering social value. The report, entitled ‘Building for social good’ shares the experiences of both companies in their efforts to deliver a positive impact  to people and communities in the areas where they own and develop logistics properties. Importantly, the report also explains how each has successfully managed their social impact through the use of data, which has enabled accurate and meaningful measurement.  This in turn has helped to engender the support needed to prioritise social value delivery in the future. Both Prologis UK and Tritax have used a social value measurement tool, called the National TOMs (Themes, Outcomes, Measures) Framework. . Mapped to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this Framework enables businesses to quantify the social and local economic value of their activities by attributing a monetary value equivalent to them. This in turn enables businesses to measure and manage social value. The National TOMs Framework centres on five themes – jobs, growth, social, environment and innovation – and outcomes include wide-ranging activities such as giving up staff time for community training initiatives, creating jobs and improving the local environment. In addition to providing guidance on its implementation, the report includes several case studies to illustrate how the Framework is being applied by Prologis and Tritax . For example, during the construction of a state-of-the-art  Logistics Operations Centre for Jaguar Land Rover in Solihull, West Midlands, Prologis explains how more than £12 million of social and local economic value has been committed by the project partners. Similarly, Tritax  explains how a brownfield redevelopment project at Littlebrook, Dartford, is generating more than £13 million in social and local economic value, including the creation of 1,300 jobs. Simon Cox, head of sustainability, Prologis UK, said: “Once you understand the power of social value initiatives to boost jobs, create lasting economic value, attract investment and enhance employer brands, it becomes hard to argue against. Which businesses wouldn’t want to invest in social value creation, in the same way they might consider investing to improve their products or services?” Alan Somerville , ESG Director , Tritax, commented on the company’s project at Littlebrook saying: “Creating social and local economic value is about creating a positive legacy for the future that enhances the world in which we live and work. Our scheme at Littlebrook has enhanced biodiversity in the local area at the same time as creating valuable training and employment opportunities.” A free download of the report is available here. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Prologis UK and Planet Mark celebrate 15-year sustainability partnership

Over the past 15 years, Prologis UK has achieved a reduction in carbon emissions of 476,819 tonnes (tCO2e) across a total of 74 projects. This represents an average reduction in whole-life carbon emissions of 25 percent, benefiting many Prologis UK customers seeking to reduce their emissions impacts The company has also recently submitted its goals to achieve net zero emissions by 2040 to the Science Based Targets initiative for validation Prologis UK has mitigated remaining embodied carbon emissions of 879,158 tCO2e by supporting the charity, Cool Earth, in its work to protect at risk rainforest. A new report about the 15-year partnership sets out a model for emissions reduction and mitigation, for others in the logistics property and construction industry, based on a programme of measurement, stakeholder engagement and communication Prologis UK, a leading owner and developer of logistics property, is celebrating a successful 15-year partnership with Planet Mark, a sustainability certification body serving organisations across industry sectors, which has seen the company significantly reduce its carbon impact. In 2022, Prologis announced a goal, which will be submitted to the Science Based Targets Initiative for validation, to achieve net zero emissions by 2040. This is consistent with the company’s longstanding focus on ESG. Over the past 15 years, Prologis UK, with Planet Mark, has put sustainability firmly at the forefront of its development activities; embedding it into the design and construction process from start to finish. An example of such initiatives is the work Planet Mark undertake with Prologis UK to engage the full construction supply chain, including all contractors, to ensure end-to-end visibility of carbon emissions, thereby identifying opportunities for reductions. To mark the 15-year partnership, Prologis UK and Planet Mark have published a joint report about Prologis UK’s industry-leading approach ton reducing and mitigating carbon emissions, along with some facts and figures about its sustainability achievements. A key finding of the report is that based on 74 projects, spanning more than 19 million sq. ft. of development over a 15 year time period, Prologis UK has achieved a reduction in carbon emissions of 476,819 tCO2e. This represents an average reduction in whole-life carbon emissions of 25 percent. Simon Cox, Head of Development Management at Prologis UK said:  “This has been a ground-breaking programme, implemented at a time when the measurement, reduction and mitigation of carbon emissions was new to the real estate sector. Through our work with Planet Mark, we have gained invaluable experience and expertise, which will enable us to better serve our customers as we pursue of our newly published 2040 net zero goals.” Steve Malkin, CEO Planet Mark said: “Over the past 15 years our work with Prologis UK has put sustainability firmly at the forefront of their developments. By striving to reduce embodied carbon in every building, engaging with communities and their supply chain, and mitigating unavoidable emissions by protecting endangered rainforest, they have stretched way beyond compliance to set a new standard for best practice. We recognise that net zero is imperative and definitions are rapidly evolving alongside innovation, and we look forward to embracing this evolution together.” The whole-life carbon emissions of each project are measured using a Lifecycle Carbon Assessment (LCA), which follows recognised standards (BS EN 15978:2011) and methodologies, including the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ Whole Life Carbon Method, 2017. As it is impossible to eliminate all embodied carbon emissions when constructing new buildings, Prologis UK and Planet Mark also created a bespoke carbon mitigation scheme. While it was put in place several years earlier, the approach to carbon emissions reduction, elimination and mitigation employed by Prologis UK and Planet Mark aligns closely with the UK Green Building Council’s recently published framework definition for net-zero buildings. Prologis UK’s innovative carbon mitigation scheme has proved particularly successful in mitigating unavoidable carbon emissions through investment in large-scale rainforest protection programmes to avoid deforestation and lock-in carbon. These activities have been implemented in partnership with the global climate change charity, Cool Earth. The report quantifies the positive impact this scheme has had over the past 15 years; mitigating total embodied carbon emissions of 879,158 tCO2e  through the protection of 17,683 acres of ‘at risk’ rainforest. This has prevented the loss of 4.1 million trees to deforestation, which would have resulted in potential emissions impact of 4.8 million tCO2e. The whole-life carbon emissions of a typical distribution centre are typically 30 per cent operational and 70 per cent embodied. Operational emissions can be reduced through energy efficient design and onsite renewables. Although embodied carbon can be reduced through careful material selection and detailing it can never be entirely eliminated. The sustainability model put in place by Prologis UK and Planet Mark has been successful in mitigating – 100 percent of the unavoidable, embodied carbon emissions for all 74 projects assessed. The report highlights the importance of stakeholder engagement and quantifies the social impact of the 74 projects surveyed. There is a community engagement programme in place for each of the projects assessed. This has included sustainability workshops through which  for 63 local primary schools and 68 schools and colleges have achieved Planet Mark certification. To view the report jointly produced by Prologis UK and Planet Mark visit here.

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Prologis UK’s latest building at Hemel Hempstead is a BREEAM Outstanding record breaker

A brand new distribution centre developed and owned by Prologis UK has achieved the highest sustainability rating of any project in its category. Completed recently, the 233,860 sq. ft. building – known as DC3a – achieved a BREEAM rating of 88.8% (Outstanding). This is the highest rating recorded for a new building assessed under the BREEAM 2018 New Construction Manual (Industrial – Shell and Core). Completed last month, DC3a was built by Prologis UK in partnership with lead contractor, VolkerFitzpatrick. BREEAM has provided a holistic assessment of the development, based on categories focussing on innovation, health & wellbeing, energy, materials, waste, water, transportation, land use & ecology and pollution. The speculative development of DC3a, means that Prologis UK now has more than 770,000 sq. ft. of logistics space at Maylands Business Park. This brings the company’s total development footprint in Hemel Hempstead to more than 1.5m sq. ft. Martin Cooper, Vice President, development management at Prologis UK, said: “We are very proud of this record-breaking BREEAM rating, which underlines the care and commitment that we give to developing buildings that really are best in class and built for the long term. The property has attracted great market interest, not just due to its sustainability credentials, but also due to its excellent location to the east of Hemel Hempstead, close to Junction 8 of the M1, with access to London and the South East.” Stuart Deverill, managing director of VolkerFitzpatrick’s building division, said: “It is extremely satisfying to know that the efforts made to construct this building in the most sustainable way possible have been recognised. This couldn’t have been achieved without Prologis UK’s sustainability vision, and the commitment of our construction partners right across the supply chain.”

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Prologis UK acquires two prime last-mile logistics estates in Greater London

Prologis, a leading owner and developer of UK logistics real estate, has further strengthened its portfolio in London and the South East, with the acquisition of two prime urban logistics estates in Park Royal and Watford. This transaction continues the company’s strategic focus on Greater London, following recent acquisitions in Croydon and Erith in July.  Comprising more than 360,000 sq. ft. of prime last-mile logistics space, on a total of 17 acres, both estates offer a range of Grade A units and are 100% leased to customers operating in diverse industry sectors including distribution, construction, pharmaceutical and film and television. Located in two densely populated urban markets, Prologis Central Park (Park Royal) and Prologis Imperial Park (Watford) are strong additions to the UK portfolio, with both benefiting from excellent connectivity to London and beyond. Situated at the heart of Park Royal, the capital’s premier industrial and logistics estate, Central Park was built in 2014 to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ specification. Imperial Park was built in phases from 2000 and is well located less than 5 minutes from Junction 5, M1 in Watford, north west London’s principal commercial district. The purchase of both assets complements Prologis UK’s existing portfolio – expanding holdings at Park Royal and, in the case of Watford, increasing the company’s presence along the southern M1-London corridor. The Watford site in particular adds to a number of successful projects in Hemel Hempstead. Paul Weston, Regional Head of Prologis UK: “The purchase of these prime urban logistics estates illustrates our confidence in and appetite to grow our last mile offering servicing London and the South East. We look forward to working with new customers across the two parks, all of whom are welcome additions to our business.” The assets were acquired from Schroders Capital who were advised by Gerald Eve. 

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Full occupancy at Prologis Park Hams Hall as final unit is let

Prologis, one of the UK’s leading developers of logistics property, has successfully preleased all of speculatively built Prologis Park Hams Hall with final unit, DC4, being let to West Midlands-based AMG Logistics on a 15 year lease. The full occupancy of the Park, ahead of practical completion later this summer, demonstrates the site’s strength and broad appeal particularly to both automotive and logistics sectors. Spanning 85,000 sq ft, DC4, like all Prologis units, has sustainability built into the fabric of the building; Net zero carbon in construction, BREEAM-rated ‘Excellent’ and a projected EPC A rating. This transaction follows on from Britishvolt recently preleasing Hams Hall DC2, a customer leading the way in sustainable, low carbon battery innovation, and Hams Hall DC3 being snapped up by international multi-modal logistics operator, LTS Global Solutions. Located only 10 miles from Birmingham city centre and one mile from M42 Junction 9, Prologis Park Hams Hall is strategically located to offer its customers prime accessibility in and around the Midlands, and further afield. Andrew Griffiths, Managing Director, AMG Logistics“We are delighted to secure DC4 Hams Hall to help facilitate our growth plans and take our business to the next level. Operating from a highly sustainable unit was a key factor for our customers and Prologis Park Hams Hall ticked all the boxes in that regard. It has been great to work with the Prologis team to get the deal over the line.” Tom Price, Director, Capital Deployment and Leasing, Prologis UK “Letting DC4 prior to its completion is testament to appetite within the market for top quality, well-located logistics property in and around the Midlands. Reaching full occupancy is a landmark moment for Hams Hall and we’re all looking forward to welcoming AMG Logistics and our other new customers to the park once the buildings are complete.” Danny Nelson, Head of Industrial, Logistics and Distribution, Winvic Construction Ltd“Our team has been working hard on site to deliver a further three high quality industrial facilities at Hams Hall for our client, Prologis. We are delighted to see the last unit, DC4, has been let and we are looking forward to handing over this sustainable facility to AMG Logistics at the end of the summer.”

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Prologis strengthens Capital Deployment and Leasing in London team with two strategic hires

Prologis UK, one of the UK’s leading developers of logistics property, has added two new hires to its Capital Deployment and Leasing team, as it looks to further grow its UK team and drive ambitious growth plans. Jason Pickering has joined as a director in the Capital Deployment and Leasing team, following six years at Cushman & Wakefield. With extensive experience in industrial and logistics capital markets, and a specific focus on South East and national developments, he will be helping Prologis to continue expansion plans in London and development of urban logistics offering. Ryan Gordon also joins the company as a Capital Deployment and Leasing director, after working for Stripe Street for eight years. There, his role as an agent for Aldi Stores UK aided in the supermarket’s expansion, with a particular focus on site acquisitions in London and the South East. Alongside his experience as an agent, Ryan is a chartered surveyor, and has an in-depth knowledge of the land acquisition and property development process from start to finish. In their new roles, both Jason and Ryan will focus on land and investment acquisitions in Prologis’ strategic priority regions within London and the South East, using their complimentary skills and 14 years of combined experience to support the firm’s ambitious growth plans. Paul Weston, Regional Head of Prologis UK, said: “It’s great to have Jason and Ryan join our business, both highly qualified to drive forward our significant growth ambitions for London and the wider South East of the UK. In 2022 we have announced six new hires who will focus on the region and will soon be moving into new London offices to provide the team with an exciting new collaborative hub. “I’m looking forward to working with Jason and Ryan and supporting their career aspirations here at Prologis”. Both Ryan and Jason will be based in Prologis’ London office. RE: IMAGE Left -Right / Jason Pickering, Ryan Gordon. Prologis UK

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