Glp has announced it will commence construction on its one million sq ft of warehouse space across seven units and four sites in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes, following the grant of planning permission, with occupancy expected in summer 2021.
The development programme was launched to satisfy the rise in demand within the UK. The construction is also expected to be the largest programme of speculative logistics real estate development currently underway in the UK.
As part of the programme, Glp is developing three distribution units of 126,000 sq ft, 161,000 sq ft and 249,000 sq ft at G-Park Bedford Wixams.
Additionally the logistics investors will develop a 133,000 sq ft unit at G-Park Northampton, within the Moulton Park Estate comprising 117,000 and 140,000 sq ft at its new G-Park Milton Keynes development. Finally, a 88,000 sq ft unit, Magnitude 88 will be developed at Glp’s flagship logistics park, Magna Park Milton Keynes.
Bruce Topley, MD for Glp UK, said: “The growth of ecommerce in the UK has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic given the increased importance of home deliveries. As a result, we have seen a surge in demand for logistics real estate in the right locations.
“Customers are also seeking to reinforce their supply chains and increasingly require higher specification buildings and cutting-edge sustainability credentials. In response to this, we are excited to be bringing 1 million sq ft of high-quality logistics space to the market which reaffirms our confidence in the continued strength of the UK and follows the completion of over 1.5 million sq ft of speculative development last year.”
He added: “All developments are in carefully selected locations with excellent transport links to key areas of the UK. Each unit will be developed with flexibility at the forefront of both the design and construction processes, enabling customers to tailor the space to individual requirements.
“We look forward to discussions with new and existing customers, working alongside them to meet their specific operational requirements and helping them grow their business.”