Swissport expands at Heathrow

SEGRO has let a 36,000 sq ft facility to cargo handler Swissport UK, which will allow the cargo handler to grow its business at Heathrow.

The international aviation services company, which provides airport ground and cargo handling services, has signed a 10-year lease at Unit 1, SEGRO Park Portal Heathrow, a Grade A modern warehouse facility that also includes office space.

Following a record year for cargo at Heathrow in 2017, volumes are currently up 1.6% a year to date at 981,690 tonnes. Consequently, there is greater demand for space from freight handlers to ensure they can efficiently service their customers.

SEGRO Park Portal Heathrow is an on-airport position with direct access to the Southern Perimeter Road and close to SEGRO’s cargo terminal. Incorporating a range of environmental features including photovoltaic systems and rainwater harvesting, the building has an BREEAM rating ‘Excellent’.

Alan Holland, Business Unit Director, Greater London, at SEGRO, said: “We are pleased to provide additional space for one of our long-standing customers that will enable them to effectively grow their business in a highly competitive industry.

“Levels of cargo at Heathrow will continue to increase in the near-term future, and following the parliamentary vote for an additional runway, freight volume is expected to double, so it’s vital for our customers to have the space to respond to current and future demand.”

Swissport UK will join Rolls Royce and DB Schenker at SEGRO Park Portal Heathrow, which is now fully let.

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