Proposal

G PARK LONDON DOCKLANDS

– A new distribution hub

Welcome to our virtual public exhibition

Gazeley is bringing forward updated proposals for a distribution hub on North Woolwich Road, Silvertown in the London Borough of Newham.

Gazeley, a pan-European developer specialising in the logistics industry, bought the site from developers Galliard Homes and Cain International in early 2018.

In July 2018 a series of public consultation events on early plans for a new distribution hub were held in Britannia Village Hall. We have also held meetings with local community groups and Newham planning officers. Since then we have been looking at how we amend our plans to address the issues raised.

WHAT IS A DISTRIBUTION HUB?

Urban logistics is an integral part of daily life; we want our goods and services to be available to us when they are needed.

Gazeley is bringing forward updated proposals for a distribution hub on North Woolwich Road, Silvertown in the London Borough of Newham.

We all have an expectation that goods will arrive quickly and reliance on efficient delivery is only increasing. The way we shop has changed and many of us rely on getting much of our food, clothes and other products online, delivered right to our door.

Indeed, the UK is the largest online market in Europe. To meet this growing demand there is a need for more distribution hubs in and around London to store goods, so they can be dispatched quickly to households and businesses.

A distribution hub is the final step of getting these everyday products from suppliers and retailers via a strategically located hub to supermarket shelves and direct to households and businesses quickly and safely.

As the population grows and more homes are provided across the country, additional space for the required logistics response will be needed to meet consumer demand.

The UK is the largest online market in Europe

  • Online food sales now account for 13% of the UK grocery market, a rise from 7% in 2019
  • Nearly one in five households now frequently purchase their weekly shop online
  • Businesses such as Amazon, Ocado, Tesco, ASOS, make it much easier for people to order everyday items at the press of a button whilst businesses such as DPD and DHL deliver directly using fleets of electric vehicles and other environmentally friendly forms of transport
  • Customers and businesses expect ordered goods will be delivered within a very short timeframe and for delivery costs to be kept to a minimum
  • The London population is set to grow to over 10 million by 2031 – further increasing the demand for storage & distribution space to service the needs of Londoners

There is already a shortage of available land and buildings to meet this increasing demand

  • London is losing around 260-acres of prime industrial land every year – making it much more difficult to find sustainable and well-connected locations suitable for delivering everyday products
  • Supermarkets and fashion outlets in particular need storage hubs for their products ready for immediate delivery and for re-stocking shelves to meet customer demand
  • Businesses like Amazon are often forced to service the London market from outside of the M25, creating congestion and environmental impacts
  • A more sustainable option for London is to provide distribution hubs closer to residents and businesses, particularly on previously developed land and adjacent to other industrial uses

The logistics sector is set to continue to be a key driver of economic and employment growth and productivity for the UK well into the future

Modern logistics manage the impact on the environment and road network while acting as an energy efficient shopping method

  • Online retail and delivering goods direct to customers helps to reduce traffic by cutting the number of personal shopping trips by car
  • Maximising vehicle capacity close to delivery destinations improves overall air quality and reduces carbon emissions
  • The majority of inbound deliveries take place during off-peak hours, relieving pressure on the road network
  • A delivery goods hub of this kind encourages the use of low emission vehicles, such as electric cars; vans and cargo bikes for outbound deliveries

The SITE

The site is located on by the Thames on North Woolwich Road, Silvertown, within the London Borough of Newham. It lies east of London City Airport, close to Silvertown rail station and has been vacant for over 20 years.

The G-Park London Docklands site in Newham is safeguarded for future industrial and logistics uses. It has been dedicated as Strategic Industrial Land (SIL) by the local authority, meaning that it can only be used as industrial land, and is not suitable for housing. It neighbours other industrial use sites in Tate & Lyle and Nuplex Resins Limited.

The wider Royal Docks area has been earmarked as a regeneration site for Newham; with the aim of bringing vacant land back into practical use.

Given the site’s proximity to the city, G Park London Docklands is ideally placed as a distribution hub servicing Central and East London servicing population concentrations in London. City Centre, East, South East and North postcodes can be accessed within a 30 minute drive. This area covers 1.8 million households and 4.5 million residents, numbers which are expected to increase in the coming years.

It is also well connected to main transport networks, including A roads, the West Silvertown DLR station and the river.

OUR PROPOSALS

The building will be a new distribution hub with 40,000sq metres of floorspace over three storeys.

When complete, it will have the potential to house between one and six operators with the capability of servicing and meeting Newham and London’s consumer demand for everyday products. Operators for the distribution hub are yet to be chosen.

These operators will be able to make use of Gazeley’s world-class three storey distribution hub, built with environmental and operational efficiency in mind. 

Typically a distribution hub is occupied by companies such as:

The innovative proposals include;

40,000sqm of distribution floorspace over three levels

A pioneering 8m wide ramping system, allowing all delivery vehicles to safely manoeuvre between storeys

Connected offices & amenity spaces, including use of outside roof terrace space for employees

A new public space facing Silvertown DLR Station including fitness equipment and a café for public use

OUR PROPOSALS

LOCAL JOBS

The logistics sector is set to continue to be a key driver of economic and employment growth and productivity for the UK well into the future.

  • When operational we expect the distribution hub to create approximately 1,300 jobs
  • Partnering with local schools and colleges and providing new apprenticeship and internship opportunities

OUR PROPOSALS

SUSTAINABILITY

We are committed to creating a sustainable distribution hub which uses the latest technologies to keep carbon emissions as low as possible, with sustainability built into the architectural design of the building.

  • Transport assessment modelling forecasts only 4% of journeys will be made by HGVs. The remaining 96% of journeys will be the onward fleet delivering goods to homes and businesses in including light goods vehicles, cargo bikes and cars
  • By year five of operation, 100% staff electric car parking will be available on site, with provision for 20% from day one
  • The building will reduce carbon emissions by 36% in line with planning policy by using sustainable technologies such as solar panels and LED lighting
  • The building will achieve a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating – the recognised industry mark for sustainable buildings
  • The scheme will be provide the opportunity for future occupiers to utilise river freight
  • During construction the contractors will use materials available in
    the area, which are delivered by river freight

SUSTAINABILITY

The project will create a new public space between Silvertown DLR station and a new café fronting onto the space. It will include a landscaping, planting and outdoor exercise equipment for everyone to use.

A view of the proposed building from the DLR viaduct

BEING A GOOD NEIGHBOUR

THE ENVIRONMENT

Since submitting our planning application in June 2019, we have continued to further improve our plans in response to questions and issues raised by local residents, statutory stakeholders, the London Borough of Newham and the Greater London Authority.

As a responsible developer, we remain fully committed to protecting the environment and minimising any potential impact on local residents, so we have continued to strengthen the environmental aspects of the proposals to deliver an exemplar development.

  • By year five of operation, 100% of electric car parking will be available on site, with provision for 20% from day one
  • Creating the infrastructure in the scheme for parking 185 cargo bikes to use as onward fleet delivery vehicles
  • The scheme has been designed to allow an operator to use a 100% electric fleet
  • Exploring using the rive for transport freight during construction which will have a big reduction on vehicle movements.
  • Reducing staff parking by 75% (from 255 to 67 spaces)
  • Ensuring we can accommodate the latest technological advances and innovations when transporting goods
  • Providing further solar panels on the roof of the building

BEING A GOOD NEIGHBOUR

MANAGING SAFETY, AIR QUALITY, NOISE AND CONSTRUCTION

Safety

  • We are committing to ensuring no HGVs can turn right out of the site and are routed away from local homes and schools
  • We have redesigned the proposed new roundabout to ensure the full separation of pedestrians and cyclists from traffic

Map showing proposed roundabout and new safety initiatives

Noise

  • We have already carried out an assessment of predicted noise levels from the scheme from nearby homes. The results have shown that the impact would be negligible

Construction

  • Construction will only take place during daytime hours in order to minimise disruption and inconvenience on our neighbours
  • The project will be a member of the Considerate Constructor
  • We are also looking to see how we can use the River Thames during construction, to reduce the number of vehicles on the road network

Air quality

  • The air quality assessment is being updated to reflect changes, such as the 75% reduction in staff car parking, which have been made to the design of the scheme to reduce air quality emissions to ensure that there are no unacceptable air quality impacts

NEXT STEPS AND GETTING IN TOUCH

Thank you for attending our virtual public exhibition on our proposals for a new distribution hub at G Park London Docklands.

Please do get in contact with any feedback or questions you might have:

Freephone: 0800 3077 976

Email: gparkdocklands@londoncommunications.co.uk

If you would like a hard copy of these materials, or know of a neighbour who can’t access it online please use the contact details opposite and we will arrange for a hard copy to be posted.

Consultation ends 30th September.

You can also view and comment on our July 2019 planning application submitted to the London Borough of Newham by using the planning reference number 19/01776/FUL on Newham Council’s planning portal:

www.newham.gov.uk/planning-development-conservation

NEXT STEPS – TIMELINE

April 2018

Gazeley purchase site

July 2018

Public exhibition of early plans

Meetings with community groups and planning officials

July 2019

Gazeley submit planning application

Summer 2020

Planning application updated with LB Newham