Sunday 23rd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Port-centric logistics plan

Gazeley is to launch Felixstowe Portside – a “port-centric” logistics park development, supported by the Port of Felixstowe.

Felixstowe Portside, which has outline planning consent, will offer up to 530,000 sq ft (49,237 sq m) of design and build warehouse and storage development opportunities with direct access to the Port of Felixstowe.

The 27-acre intermodal site is located within the Trinity Estate, which has a private road network adjacent to the port’s boundary thereby enabling the site to be classified as “Portside”. As such, the site offers potential savings in import duties, other fiscal costs and the ability to use overweight containers giving up to 40 per cent additional shipping capacity.

The park will be developed in a environmentally responsible and sustainable manner, constructed using Gazeley’s EcoTemplate development model.

James Behrens, development director for Gazeley said: “Port-centric logistics is challenging the traditional model by offering a supply chain solution for goods arriving at the port and enables whole sections of the supply chain to be removed resulting in faster distribution at lower operational cost.

Chris Lewis, chief executive at Port of Felixstowe, added: “We view Felixstowe Portside as a natural progression in the changing shift of modern logistics facilities, designed to complement the already established range of port centric services on offer to both the shipper and cargo owner.

“Located immediately adjacent to our container terminals, Felixstowe Portside can enjoy the benefits of an integrated service for the successive movement of its containers, effectively providing a ‘green lane’ for both inbound and outbound activity.”

The site has outline planning consent and, depending on the occupier, is anticipated to create up to 500 new jobs.

As imports from overseas, in particular China, continue apace, deep-sea container traffic is expected to more than double in the next fifteen years.