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Logistics Park being built to suit eCommerce market

08 October 2019

A warehouse and distribution complex is being designed specifically to meet the needs of eCommerce logistics.

The Port One Logistics Park is beside the A14, outside Ipswich and around 10 miles from the Port of Felixstowe.

Developer Curzon de Vere identified that most eCommerce activities are being conducted in warehouses and distribution centres that were designed and built for an entirely different purpose – many operators are experiencing inefficiencies and high costs as a result. By living with such compromises, they are simply not getting the best out of their operations.

The Port One Logistics Park is Suffolk’s only built-to-suit development aimed squarely at the e-commerce sector. With leases agreed and planning approved, Anglia Building Services has commenced on the first phase of the 60-acre site. Three units will be constructed within the next year.

The first unit, of 143,000 sq ft, has been designed for Ipswich-based FDS Corporation Limited, a Chinese fulfilment house operator.

Solutions architecture was provided by ports and logistics solutions specialist Murray Gibson Associates.

“Everything about the client and the site has been exceptional,” says Murray Gibson. “It is very rarely that you get the opportunity of a completely clean sheet of paper on which to design an operation that not only exceeds the client’s original brief, but also ticks so many of the desirable supply chain features that this site in particular offers. Having perfected the internal layout and process flows, it was literally a case of wrapping the building around it. For once, it was designed from the inside out.”

A fulfilment house differs from conventional warehouses in its use of the ‘cube’ of the building rather than just focusing on the floor area, says Mr Gibson. “This three-dimensional approach has enabled us to achieve a density of over 32,000 pallets of storage, nine-high with semi-automated locating.”

Other phases of development at Port One Logistics Park will provide additional buildings of between 50,000 and 700,000 sq ft. They will follow similar design principles, assisted by planning consent for building heights of over 20 metres.

 
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