Marks & Spencer (M&S) and DP World London Gateway yesterday jointly announced that M&S is to build a new distribution centre at the new deep-sea container port and logistics park, which opens later this year on the Thames, 25 miles from central London, in South Essex.
M&S said that shipping millions of products directly to the port and siting the new distribution centre at the adjacent London Gateway Logistics Park, will provide closer access to key UK cities will remove millions of road miles from UK roads along with thousands of tonnes of CO2.
As part of the £200million investment into DP World’s London Gateway, M&S will create approximately 700 jobs; there will also be hundreds of additional workers employed in the construction phase.
Marc Bolland, Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer, said: “London Gateway will become our third large distribution centre in the UK as we transform our logistics operations into a modern and agile supply chain, fit for the future of M&S. As we become an international, multi-channel retailer, London Gateway will help us become more efficient by cutting costs and locating our supply chain closer to our stores and our international markets. It will also help us deliver against our Plan A objectives by removing road miles and emissions from our network.”
The planned 900,000 sq ft distribution centre will be used to store clothing, home and gifts before they are transported to UK and international M&S stores.
M&S's London Gateway rail terminal to link to distribution centre in Castle Donington
M&S is planning to use the rail network being built at London Gateway, which will link to the rail terminal at the M&S distribution centre in Castle Donington, Leicestershire.
At full development, London Gateway port will provide 3.5m teu capacity and will allow the world’s largest ships to call just 25 miles from the centre of London.
Subject to planning, Marks & Spencer will begin construction of the new facility in 2014. London Gateway port is set to open in Q4 this year.
London Gateway port will have a capacity of 3.5m TEUs per annum, with six berths and the capability to handle Ultra Large Container Ships, the terminal will deploy automated container handling systems and controls. London Gateway Logistics Park will be the Europe’s largest logistics park.