London cargo hub for dnata

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Global air services provider dnata has signed a pre-let agreement with the Scottish Widows Investment Partnership for a 141,500 sq ft cargo warehouse hub at London Heathrow Airport.

The new development at the former Blackburn & Court Farm Estate on Northumberland Road is held by SWIP’s Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust – a specialist owner and manager of airport related industrial warehouses.

The pre-let is the first phase of the development of the park, and subject to planning, work should start later this year. There is the potential for a further warehouse facility of 70,000 sq ft that could be developed on the remaining 3.5 acres.

Paul Cole, interim chief executive Officer of dnata UK, said: “This investment marks a step change in dnata’s cargo capacity in the UK market. Our willingness to invest in new facilities is a sign of our commitment to London Heathrow Airport and will be the vehicle for our future growth in this important market.”

AIPUT was represented by Canmoor Developments, Dowley Turner Real Estate and Dundas & Wilson. dnata was represented by Lambert Smith Hampton and Wragge & Co.

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