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ABP to create land for logistics

[ November 15, 2021   //   ]

Associated British Ports (ABP) is bringing forward more than 1,000 acres of development land to support the supply chain, manufacturing and renewable energy sectors. It is making 14 strategic sites, encompassing a total of 1,075 acres (435ha), available for a range of business uses at ports including Cardiff, Immingham, Newport, Port Talbot, Southampton and Hull. All locations benefit from strong rail and road connectivity plus renewable energy generation.

ABP has committed to spending more than £5m to make the sites ready for development during the next 18 months, including obtaining appropriate outline planning consents, technical understanding and carrying out essential land preparation. Further land will be available next year.

ABP chief executive, Henrik Pedersen, said: “This initiative will enable a growing number of businesses to leverage our land, property partnering expertise and power capacity. We believe this can make a significant contribution to the country’s economic vibrancy and supply chain efficiency.”

It would help the country’s post-pandemic recovery and achieve decarbonisation, he added.

Bruce Robertson, head of supply chain and consumer advisory at CBRE – which is advising ABP on the initiative – added: “The country needs more distribution hubs adjacent to major conurbations with a good labour supply and which can connect into our road and rail networks. These ABP sites are superbly situated to do just that.

“The need for more warehouse space to fulfil online retailing – which is growing and was accelerated by the pandemic – plus ongoing labour shortages are putting unprecedented pressure on the UK’s supply chain.”

Full list of site locations and sizes:

  • ABP Business Park, Cardiff (36 acres)
  • Atlantic Side South Dock & West Way, Newport (two sites of 73 acres and 18 acres respectively)
  • Cliff Quay, Ipswich (11 acres)
  • Grimsby Automotive Park (92 Acres)
  • Harbourside, Port Talbot (85 acres)
  • Hull International Enterprise Park (468 acres)
  • Imm-Port and Queens Road, Immingham (two sites of 51 acres and 9 acres)
  • King George & Queen Elizabeth Dock, Hull (159 acres)
  • Redbridge and Site L, Southampton (two sites of 42 acres and 7 acres)
  • High Level North Dock & 1:40, Liverpool (two sites of 6 acres and 11 acres)

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