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  • EXPANSION OF THE EXISTING LOGISTICS PARK WHICH HAS ATTRACTED A RANGE OF HIGH QUALITY OCCUPIERS
  • LOCATED ADJACENT TO J13 OF THE M1 MOTORWAY PROVIDING DIRECT ACCESS TO THE MOTORWAY NETWORK
  • MARKET LEADING PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND ESTATE SERVICES
  • DRAWING FROM A WIDE LABOUR POOL INCLUDING BEDFORD, MILTON KEYNES, LUTON AND DUNSTABLE
  • PROLOGIS BEST IN CLASS SPECIFICATION AND BUILD QUALITY
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DWELL AT MARSTON GATE: RACING THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER

31 March 2017

Logistics is often defined as ‘having the right thing in the right place at the right time’ and the same principle applies to our business, where the ‘thing’ in question is a high quality distribution or industrial facility. The building, the location and the customer’s operational timescale are equally important, but at DC9 Prologis Park Marston Gate timing was especially critical.

Our customer for this new 151,000 square foot building – the first on the second phase of Marston Gate – is Dwell, the furniture retailer owned by DFS.

When we first met Dwell in 2016, we knew that the new building – which would be the company’s national distribution centre - had to be complete and fitted out by early February 2017 to co-incide with Chinese New Year. Chinese businesses close for two weeks over the New Year period and since most of Dwell’s stock is made in China, the company had arranged for 150 containers of furniture to be shipped before the celebrations for the Year of the Rooster began, to make sure that there was no disruption to stock availability.

So, we had a hard deadline. Practical completion was scheduled for 3 February and the new building had to be ready and fully equipped before 150 trucks drove into Marston Gate to make their deliveries on 4 February.


Fast-track to Completion
Before we met Dwell, the company had considered taking an existing building so that it was ready for the Chinese New Year. But, if it had taken this building Dwell would have had to compromise on building specification and incur double overheads. However, because we had de-risked the Prologis Park site and prepared it for development, we could reassure Dwell that the building at Marston Gate would be delivered on time.

The only variation to our existing planning permission was that Dwell needed a higher building, so we applied to Central Bedfordshire Council to increase the height to 15 metres. Over the many years that we have worked in Central Bedfordshire, Prologis and the Council have developed a good working relationship. The Council took a positive approach to the Dwell application and we were able to secure the necessary consents, ahead of normal statutory timescales, to meet Dwell’s timeline.

“It’s very important to bring investment and new businesses into the area to provide jobs for local people,” said Beverley Gaynor, Inward Investment Manager, Central Bedfordshire Council. “So, it’s really good for us to be able to work with Prologis to promote the sites that are coming forward and bring that business into the area.”


Finishing the Fit-Out
Although we can often give our customers access to the building before practical completion, the fit-out for most logistics centres usually continues after the handover, before the building becomes operational. In this case, we made a commitment to give Dwell four weeks early access. But, the construction programme went so well that the fit-out started on site nine weeks before practical completion.

Both the building and the fit-out completed on time and when the trucks started rolling in at 9.00am on 4 February, Dwell’s new national distribution centre was ready to receive the 150 containers of furniture.

“To avoid any disruption to our business, the move to Prologis Park Marston Gate had to be seamless,” said Aamir Ahmad, CEO, Dwell. “The building had to open bang on time, in perfect working order and that is exactly what happened.

“The overall build process has gone smoothly from start to finish and the communication between Prologis and my team has worked very well,” Aamir Ahmad added. “We need a distribution centre like this to make sure we can deliver the service our customers expect. For Dwell, this new building is a game changer.”

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INDUSTRIAL AGENTS VISIT PROLOGIS PARK MARSTON GATE

27 January 2017

A week before practical completion, Prologis organised a technical visit to DC9 Prologis Park Marston Gate for members of the Industrial Agents’ Society (IAS). The 151,000 square foot building was pre-let to furniture retailer Dwell and from early February, it will be the company’s national distribution centre.

With 15 metres clear height, to provide maximum storage space, the building has been designed and constructed in line with the established Prologis methodology and is expected to receive BREEAM 2014 ‘excellent’ accreditation. The unit has already been awarded an EPC A (10) rating and in terms of energy efficiency, it has achieved significant improvements on Building Regulations.

“At DC9, we have cut operational carbon emissions by 40% in comparison with the 2013 Building Regulations,” explained Martin Cooper, Vice President, Prologis. “This means that we have reduced energy consumption – and costs – by 31% in comparison with a typical new build distribution centre.”

Prologis has achieved these efficiency levels by:

  • Reducing the need for energy with, for example, high levels of air-tightness and insulation along with rooflights to 15% of the warehouse roof area and offices designed to maximise natural light
  • Specifying energy-efficient systems, such as internal LED lighting with movement controls, daylight sensing and dimming; external LED lighting and high reflectivity cladding liner sheets that reduce the need for lighting
  • Including suitable low or zero carbon technologies into the building. For DC9, Prologis installed a 100kWp grid connected photovoltaic (PV) array and a rooftop solar thermal system to provide hot water for the offices. The PV array is expected to generate 92,300 kWhrs of electricity, saving in energy costs.

To keep track of energy usage, Dwell will have a monitoring system complete with Smart Meters and EnergyDeck technology, which will allow the company to track and manage energy consumption from a PC or mobile device, helping to reduce waste and improve performance.

“We are delighted that so many members of the IAS were able to join us at Marston Gate,” added Martin Cooper. “The construction programme has gone very well and we were glad to have an opportunity to explain how our buildings can help customers, like Dwell, achieve maximum operational efficiency.”

Prologis has also mitigated the carbon embodied in the structure and fabric of the building by protecting 120 acres of endangered Amazonian rainforest through environmental charity Cool Earth.

PROLOGIS ANNOUNCES NEW SPECULATIVE DEVELOPMENT AT MILTON KEYNES

12 October 2016

Prologis, Inc., the global leader in logistics real estate, today announced that it will speculatively develop a 275,000 square foot distribution centre at Prologis Park Marston Gate.

Located next to the 151,000 square foot national distribution centre that Prologis is building for furniture retailer Dwell, the speculative facility will complete the second phase of Prologis Park Marston Gate.

Designed and constructed to achieve a minimum BREEAM ‘very good’ accreditation and the best possible EPC rating for its size, the building will include a rooftop solar installation that will generate 10 percent of the building’s regulated energy. Construction will begin this month and the unit is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2017.

Providing around 1.8 million square feet in total, Prologis Park Marston Gate is located to the south east of Milton Keynes, next to Junction 13 of the M1. Situated at the heart of the UK motorway network, the park provides easy access to consumer markets in the Midlands, the South and the South East.

“This distribution centre builds on the success of our two recent phases of speculative development and it is the largest speculative building to be constructed in the UK since the Brexit vote,” said Andrew Griffiths, Managing Director, Prologis UK.

“Although the referendum caused a hiatus in speculative development, demand has remained constant,” Griffiths added. “Our customers trust us to deliver the buildings they need to run their operations as efficiently as possible and we aim to offer them the best opportunities on the market.”

Lambert Smith Hampton and Burbage Realty are acting for Prologis.

Prologis owns and manages approximately 23 million square feet of logistics and distribution space in the UK as of June 30, 2016.

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PROLOGIS LEASES 151,000 SQUARE FEET TO DWELL AT MILTON KEYNES

11 October 2016

Prologis, Inc., the global leader in logistics real estate, today announced a lease agreement for a purpose-built 151,000 square foot distribution centre at Prologis Park Marston Gate to furniture retailer Dwell.

The new facility is the first unit to be built on land that Prologis has acquired to extend the existing park. Construction began in June and the distribution centre, which has been designed to achieve a minimum BREEAM ‘excellent’ accreditation and the best EPC rating possible for its size, is scheduled for completion in early 2017.

“The building will serve as the national distribution centre for Dwell,” said Marcin Twardysko, Head of Distribution, Dwell. “Marston Gate is in an ideal location for our logistics network, and the unit has the flexibility to accommodate Dwell’s continuing growth. We are delighted to have secured it.”

Prologis Park Marston Gate is located to the south east of Milton Keynes next to Junction 13 of the M1. Situated at the heart of the UK motorway network, the park provides easy access to consumer markets in the Midlands, the South and the South East.

“We decided to extend Prologis Park Marston Gate because we believe it offers one of the best opportunities for logistics operators on the M1 corridor,” said Andrew Griffiths, Managing Director, Prologis UK. “We already have detailed planning permission for the site, so we can deliver Dwell’s new distribution centre to meet the company’s operational deadline.”

Lambert Smith Hampton and Burbage Realty acted for Prologis. Dwell was represented by Savills.

Prologis owns and manages approximately 23 million square feet of logistics and distribution space in the UK as of June 30, 2016.