November 2017 - Verdion

iPort Rail to become operational in January

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UK’s newest intermodal inland rail freight hub nears completion

Port Rail in Doncaster will become operational in January 2018, making it the UK’s newest intermodal inland rail freight hub. Set to transform the rail freight industry with a state-of-the-art facility within 7 hours of all UK deep water ports, it will rank in the top 5 of UK inland ports in terms of size and capacity.

iPort Rail is located on a 30-acre site within the 337-acre iPort logistics park, providing an independently-operated, high volume, secure container facility with 24/7 access for customers.

It will accommodate maximum UK train lengths, with one 800m reception siding, two 400m length handling sidings and a head-shunt and refuge siding, handling up to 6 trains per day. The site currently has 1,500 TEUs storage capacity, rising to 3,000 in future phases when sidings will also increase. It also has a reach stacker operation (115 tonne front axle load) and Channel Tunnel (SACTFF) approved secure facility for international movements.

Steve Freeman, Managing Director of iPort Rail, said: “This is going to be a market-leading rail freight hub, with state-of-the-art facilities that will minimise downtime and link quickly both nationally and internationally.

“The site is now in its final phase of completion and is connected to the national rail and motorway networks. Network Rail is currently finalising signalling installations and then we will be up and running.

“There is already a great deal of interest – not just from the main operators who like our independent offer, but other businesses drawn by being integrated into the wider iPort hub.”

The iPort logistics hub offers 6 million sq ft of logistics accommodation with Amazon, CEVA, Fellowes and Lidl already committed to space and a remaining 3.27 million sq ft to be brought forward over the coming years. Build to suit opportunities are available from 50,000 sq ft to 1 million sq ft and speculative development is ongoing.

Logistics developers must champion occupier requirements

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Championing a ‘no size fits all’ approach, John Clements, Verdion’s European Development Director, put forward the case for prioritising clients’ requirements above dated institutional standards, speaking on warehouse design and specification at EG’s Industrial & Logistics Summit on 21 November.

Verdion will only undertake a project having fully considered the location, size, characteristics and longevity of the scheme. Only then, he argued, can the developer deliver a project which best suits both the occupier and end investor. For this reason, Verdion offers both speculative development to cater for time critical occupier requirements and build-to-suit opportunities for more bespoke client needs.

Innovative technologies are already greatly improving the delivery time of client-side goods, and so the occupier is right to demand a service which has all of the latest technical benefits at its core.

Future proofing and derisking is also important – among other things Verdion always ensures there are readily available sources of electricity to power machinery and autonomous technology and broadband to deliver crucial connectivity and wherever possible two sources to deliver diversity of supply. And with automation set to make delivery more efficient throughout the industry, developers must keep an eye to the future if they’re to continue to react in a flexible and agile way to meet occupier requirements.

Verdion was joined on the panel by Peter Ward of United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) and Julie Barlatier-Prieuret of Barjane International Group.

Verdion launches 180,000 sq ft fast track logistics space

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Verdion iport iPort comprises 337 acres of net development land in total, with links to the M18, Great Yorkshire Way and the A1 as well as a strategic rail freight terminal nearing completion on site.

John Clements, European Development Director at Verdion, said: “This new space is designed to suit occupiers seeking highly-specified warehousing in a short time frame. With sustained demand for high quality buildings and Amazon, CEVA and Fellowes already committed to iPort, the time is right to look ahead to the next phase of development.

“iPort already has reserved matters consent, all its infrastructure is in place and land plots have been fully prepared for development, meaning construction work can start early in the new year and complete in Q3. Our current 195,000 sq ft unit is ready for occupation and build to suit opportunities are running in parallel too.”

With the completion of this new phase, iPort will cover 2.73 million sq ft of development with a remaining 3.27 million sq ft to be brought forward over the coming years. Build to suit opportunities are available from 50,000 sq ft to 1 million sq ft.