Urban warehouse scheme approved

LinkedIn +

Investor developer British Land has secured planning approval for an ultra-low carbon logistics hub at 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central in London.

The 121,000ft² facility will provide inbound access to HGVs with outbound deliveries via smaller electric vehicles and electric cargo bikes.

The former Crossrail works site will serve the whole of Westminster and will remove around 100 large vans from the Borough’s roads every day, reducing annual carbon emissions by up to 90%. The hub is expected to save three times the carbon absorbed by all the trees in Hyde Park. It is estimated that the site will create over 500 new jobs and training opportunities.

A recent study commissioned by British Land and carried out by Centre for London and University College London, identified that the capital had challenging urban logistics issues: its centre is distant from out-of-town hubs and traffic congestion often leads to delays, while larger vans struggle on its smaller streets and can pose dangers to pedestrians and cyclists.

The research identified the potential for urban logistics hubs in central London to cut carbon and pollution from last-mile freight distribution, improve overall efficiency and reliability, and reduce delivery times and costs for operators. Using London as an example, delivering by cargo bike is 1.6 times faster on average than delivering by van, and can enable a reduction in total distance travelled of up to 20%.

Mike Best, Head of Logistics at British Land said: “The post-pandemic demand for ultrafast deliveries comes with major impacts on emissions, air quality, congestion, and road safety, which urban logistics hubs can combat. Replacing traditional vans with sustainable electric vehicles and bikes can deliver carbon savings of up to 90% per parcel alongside the wider positive impact on air quality and wider environment for local communities.”

British Land’s Greater London urban logistics pipeline has a gross development value of £1.5 billion and includes two sites off the Old Kent Road, Finsbury Square Car Park, and sites at Enfield, Wembley and Thurrock. To date, British Land has submitted planning applications for 1.6 million ft² of potential urban logistics space.

Share this story: