The BREEAM Excellent rated building was developed by SEGRO and Aviva Investors, through their joint venture agreement, the Airport Property Partnership (APP).
SEGRO was responsible for constructing the new 9,900 sq m facility, which as well as acting as DB Schenker’s Logistics new UK headquarters will also become the company’s main airfreight hub for the UK.
The building has been developed on The Portal Site at Heathrow, one of the prime sites at the airport, and is situated adjacent to the main cargo terminal. Construction started in early 2012 and the building was completed on schedule, 10 months later.
Commenting on the new building, Andy Gulliford, SEGRO’s Chief Operating Officer said, “We are delighted to have completed DB Schenker’s new facility at Heathrow. The new and highly sustainable 9,900 sq m facility will now become the main airfreight hub for DB Schenker in the UK. It’s great for SEGRO and Heathrow to welcome a major new customer and we are very proud to be associated with such a significant development.”
“The facility is perfectly located for access to all areas of the airport and our 15 year lease, shows real commitment to London Heathrow”, says Helgi Ingolfsson, CEO, Schenker Limited.
“What we wanted was to make DB Schenker, Heathrow a very modern facility that is ‘The place to work’ at London Heathrow, a great environment for our people to work in and an Eco-friendly facility to handle our airfreight customers cargo in, both now and in the future, I think we have achieved that.”
“Thanks to the construction as a ‘green building’ – 95% of concrete was recycled from the original site – the building has also been awarded a BREEAM rating of Excellent (BRE Environmental Assessment Method). The building is designed to achieve 25% lower CO2 emissions than the standard and also features low and zero carbon air source heat pumps.
“We’re sharing our commitment to the UK in general and to the local area and London Heathrow in particular by investing in this area”, he concluded.
APP is a joint venture formed between SEGRO and Aviva Investors in June 2010; SEGRO is the asset manager to the Fund while Aviva Investors is the fund manager.