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Peter Ward, CEO of the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) has called on cargo owners to utilize available warehousing space rather than looking to government for help with quay rents and other port charges.

“Port charges are intended to keep cargo moving through the ports for good reason. An appeal to government for financial assistance to keep freight at the port is not only futile, it’s unhelpful in terms of keeping supply chains flowing,” he says. “There is still warehousing space available, albeit only some 10% of potential capacity, and UKWA has set up an Emergency Space Register specifically to assist cargo owners in identifying appropriate space quickly and cost-effectively.”

Ward adds that the issue is not about real estate and empty buildings, but fully equipped and serviced operational space, that can be taken up instantly on a plug-and-play basis.

“There are signs that the government is preparing to allow certain retailers – such as the large DIY sheds – to reopen at some point over the coming weeks. If that happens, obviously more warehousing space will become available as outbound flows recommence. Hopefully the government will give us sufficient time to plan for this, so that warehouse operators, drivers and so forth can be brought back from furlough into the workforce as soon as possible.”

However, if space does runs out, UKWA will also be able to support cargo owners in locating inland off dock storage facilities for fully loaded containers.

The key point, says Ward, is that should off dock storage be required, members can provide this under UKWA terms and conditions.

“There are real commercial risks to storing goods, in terms of ownership and liability, that should not be the responsibility of ports or shipping lines” he explains. “Once cleared through customs, loaded containers can be stored by our members under UKWA legal contracts which state that the ownership, insurance liability and risk sit with the cargo owner. We are keen to work together with all parties to offer a solution for cargo owners that also helps terminals and shipping lines keep boxes moving, while protecting them from unnecessary commercial risk.”

UK Warehousing Association

The UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) is Britain’s leading trade organisation representing the warehousing and third-party logistics (3PL) sector. The association’s 800+ member companies operate some 12 million square metres of warehousing from around 2000 depots across the UK.
For more details, visit www.ukwa.org.uk or contact pward@ukwa.org.uk

Simon Acres Group has expanded its team with the addition of Andrew Wright, who takes on board the new role of operations manager.

Andrew, who has a background in business management to include recruitment, logistics and warehousing, was appointed on 26 February. He will be working with principal director Simon Acres to drive forward the growth of the business.

“I am excited to join the team at Simon Acres Group, it is a dynamic and fast growing company, with a growing diverse range of services, designed to support merchant and KBB retailers,” says Andrew.

Simon Acres added, “We are delighted Andrew has joined us. We are still planning ahead for business growth this year, despite the challenging times ahead.

“Our team of experienced consultants are all focused on providing an expanded service and robust support to our clients, helping them navigate the ever-changing working environment that we all find ourselves in.”

National property and construction consultancy Wakemans has been appointed on a new £14m development of warehouses and industrial space in the heart of Cheshire. Artis Park is being developed by Winsford Dev Co LLP, a joint venture between Kier Property, Yorvale Investments and Maple Grove Developments.

Working on behalf of the joint venture company, Wakemans is acting as employer’s agent, quantity surveyor and principal designer, on this the latest phase of development at the popular Winsford Industrial Estate.

A 195,000 sq. ft. warehouse has been demolished to make way for the development and contractor HP Construction started on site in October. The new scheme comprises 13 flexible units for B2/B8 use providing a total floor space of 11,523 sq. m. (124,034 sq. ft. gross internal area) plus 187 car parking and covered cycle spaces. Wakemans is also overseeing external works, external services and s278 works plus drainage and landscaping.

Wakemans director Seinde Balogun said: “Artis Park represents a significant phase of expansion at the well-established Winsford Industrial Estate, which is the UK’s first Green Business Park and was the first estate to become a Business Improvement District.

“The development’s mix of smaller units should appeal to a variety of trades and light industries that require a counter facility, and with three units already under offer it is clear there is demand for this type and quality of space among both local and national businesses.”

On behalf of the JV, Kier Property’s managing director (North) Tom Gilman added:
“We are delighted to appoint Wakemans at Artis Park. This is Kier Property’s second development in partnership with Yorvale and Maple Grove having successfully developed and sold a 150,000 sq. ft. industrial scheme in Wakefield earlier this year.”

The site enjoys a prominent frontage to Road One at Winsford Industrial Estate, which is already home to Henkel, International Paper Containers (UK), Weatherseal, Iveco, Wincanton Logistics and packaging companies Jiffy and Ambassador.

For sale or to let, the units range in size from 3,450 sq. ft. to 26,620 sq. ft. and can be combined. With an internal height of at least 8m, the units feature mezzanine/ first floor offices, partially glazed frontages and electric loading doors and incorporate 25m yards.

The development benefits from easy access to the motorway network from either junction 18 or 19 of the M6 and since Winsford rail station is part of the West Coast Main Line, there are direct links to some of the country’s key national hubs.

Phase 1 units are scheduled for completion in May 2020, with completion of the entire development due in December 2020.

Kier Property has developed more than 5 million sq. ft. of industrial space and has a pipeline of £1.5bn GDV.

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Photo caption: Kier Property’s new Artis Park development in Winsford.


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