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Prologis Completes First Phase of Prologis Park West London

17 January 2017

Prologis, the UK’s leading developer and owner of logistics property, has completed the first phase of Prologis Park West London on Horton Road in Hayes. With two distribution centres that have the potential to bring new jobs for local people, the development also includes landscaping that supports biodiversity and creates new green spaces for the community.

The two new buildings, which Prologis has built speculatively, offer 116,637 square feet and 81,473 square feet of logistics space. The two units are on track to achieve BREEAM ‘excellent’ accreditation and both have been awarded an EPC ‘A’ 15 rating, with carbon emissions reductions of approximately 40% above Part L of the Building Regulations 2013, exceeding the 35% target set by the London Plan.

At Prologis Park West London, Prologis is regenerating a former Victorian brickfield and acknowledging this history, the main road through the development has been named Clayfield Way. During the Industrial Revolution, bricks made on the site would have been transported to Central London along the Grand Union Canal, which runs along the southern boundary.

Highlighting the connection between local brickfields and the canal system, Groundwork South ran the London’s Foundations project during which, schools and community groups were encouraged to make their own bricks in the traditional way. Prologis has used some of these hand-made bricks to create a decorative wall overlooking the Grand Union Canal as a memorial to local brick workers.

Alongside the canal, Prologis has renovated the towpath, improving access and opening the area up for walking, cycling and running. These works are part of a wider landscaping strategy, that includes new footpaths and cycleways around the site.

Prologis will also landscape an additional 40 acres close to Prologis Park West London and when complete, this land will be gifted to the Council as public realm, together with funding for ongoing maintenance. Landscaping work is due to start in the spring and will be complete by the end of 2017.

“We are delighted that we have completed the first phase of Prologis Park West London and that we can offer customers two high quality buildings with the potential to attract new jobs to Hillingdon,” said Paul Weston, Senior Vice President at Prologis. “It has been fascinating to watch the landscaping work take shape and we are particularly pleased to have found a way to commemorate the site’s history.”

Energy efficiency at Prologis Park West London

11 October 2016

The first speculative distribution centre to be developed at Prologis Park West London is on track to achieve a carbon emissions reduction of approximately 40% above Part L of the Building Regulations 2013, exceeding the 35% target set by the London Plan.

Construction of DC1, the 81,473 square foot building started on site in March this year and is scheduled to complete in November. Designed and constructed to reach a minimum BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standard, the building is set to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation.

In the UK, Prologis has pioneered an approach to sustainable distribution centres based on established environmental standards and its own methodology. One of the aims of this approach is to minimise operational carbon emissions and so reduce the amount of energy needed to operate the building.

At Prologis Park West London, the company has followed its usual practise of implementing passive design measures, such as high levels of air tightness and insulation to reduce the need for energy; using energy efficient plant, such as LED lighting when energy is essential; and if required, putting in place low or zero carbon technologies to further reduce operational carbon emissions.

At DC1, Prologis has installed a rooftop 46kwp Solar PV array that will meet around 10% of the building’s regulated energy, which is calculated at approximately 40,047.5 kWh per annum. There will also be a Solar Thermal Hot Water system for added carbon savings. “The London Plan sets the most stringent carbon emissions reduction targets in the country,” said Paul Weston, Senior Vice President at Prologis. “We aim to provide high quality, energy efficient facilities for our customers and we are delighted that our approach to sustainable development has taken us beyond the high standards set by the London Plan.”

Local Brick Workers Commemorated at Prologis Park West London

14 September 2016

Prologis has completed a memorial to local Hillingdon brick workers at its Prologis Park West London site. Designed as a decorative brick wall overlooking the Grand Union Canal at the southern end of the site, the wall has been constructed using bricks that were made by local schools and community groups as part of Groundwork South’s London’s Foundations project.

During the Industrial Revolution, West London had become a centre of the brickmaking industry and as Prologis discovered at a community consultation meeting, Prologis Park West London is regenerating one of the Hillingdon brick fields. Located next to the Grand Union Canal, bricks made here would have been transported by barge to Paddington for use in buildings such as the Royal Albert Hall.

Groundwork South set up London’s Foundations, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, to help local people rediscover their local brickfields, to learn about the lives of the brick workers and to explore the connections between the brickfields and the canal network.

As part of the project, schools and community groups were encouraged to make their own bricks in the traditional way. Some of these bricks were retained by Groundwork South and these are the bricks that Prologis has used to build the memorial.

“This is a fascinating project,” said Paul Weston, Senior Vice President, Prologis. “We have been fortunate to have been able to work with Groundwork South and the Canal and Rivers Trust to agree the best way to commemorate the local brick workers and I am delighted that the memorial wall is such a success.

“As the next step, we will install an information board in front of the wall to explain the London’s Foundations project and the history it commemorates. The information board will form part of a local industrial heritage trail and it will be in place before the end of the year.”

Forging a further link to the past, the main road through Prologis Park West London will be named Clayfield Way.

Construction Starts at Prologis Park West London

15 March 2016

Fran Beasley, Chief Executive of the London Borough of Hillingdon visited Prologis Park West London on Horton Road in Hayes, to celebrate the start of construction work on two distribution facilities that have the potential to bring new jobs and training opportunities for local people.

The two new buildings, which Prologis is building speculatively, will offer 116,637 square feet and 81,473 square feet of logistics space. Designed to achieve a minimum BREEAM ‘very good’ accreditation and the best Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating possible for its size, each facility will have a rooftop solar installation to deliver 10 percent of the building’s regulated energy.Volkerfitzpatrick is the main contractor and construction work is due to complete by the end of the year.

Prologis acquired the site from the Stockley Park Consortium in September 2014 and it has planning permission for a 465,293 square foot light industrial and distribution development, with the potential to bring 650 jobs to the local area.

“This site has been vacant for over 10 years, so we are delighted to see that it will be transformed into an employment park that will bring so many benefits to Hillingdon residents,” said Fran Beasley.

Within this first phase of the development, Prologis will create new green spaces across the site for both residents and employees. The landscaping strategy includes plans to renovate and improve the towpath along the Grand Union canal, which runs along the southern boundary of the site; improving access and opening the area up for walking, cycling and running.

Both the construction and landscaping contracts include programmes of employment and training for local residents, including both site management and horticultural apprenticeships.

“There is a shortage of high quality logistics facilities in West London and there is already a good level of interest in these first two buildings,” said Paul Weston, Senior Vice President at Prologis.

“The development offers tremendous potential for training and employment during the construction phase and we are working closely with QualifyMe, Volkerfitzpatrick and Whitings Landscape to make sure that we provide the best opportunities. We are particularly pleased that our contractors can offer apprenticeships to young people who live locally.”

Prologis owns and manages approximately 25 million square feet of logistics and distribution space in the U.K. as of December 31, 2015.

Prologis Announces Speculative Development in West London

6 January 2016

Prologis, the global leader in industrial real estate, today announced that it will develop two speculative units of 116,637 square foot and 81,473 square foot at Prologis Park West London, its 30 acre site next to Stockley Park in Hayes, Middlesex.

Volkerfitzpatrick has been appointed as the main contractor and construction work will start in early January.

Prologis acquired the site from the Stockley Park Consortium in September 2014 and it has planning permission to transform the vacant site into a 465,293 square foot light industrial and distribution development, with the potential to bring 650 jobs to the local area.

Designed to help customers improve their operational efficiencies, each distribution centre will include a rooftop solar installation that will generate 10 percent of the building’s regulated energy. Both new facilities will be constructed to achieve a minimum BREEAM ‘very good’ rating and the best EPC rating possible for their size.

Within this first phase of the development, Prologis will also create new green spaces across the site for both residents and employees. The landscaping strategy includes plans to renovate and improve the towpath along the Grand Union canal, which runs along the southern boundary of the site; improving access and opening the area up for walking, cycling and running.

Prologis will install a mooring point and charging station for Elsdale, a floating classroom that is operated by Groundwork South to educate children and young people about both the heritage and wildlife of their local canal. The Prologis Park West London site is a former brickworks and Groundwork will use bricks made with local school children to create public art that commemorates the site’s heritage.

Prologis will also carry out landscaping work on an additional 40 acres of land close to the site. When complete, this land will be given to the London Borough of Hillingdon, together with funding for ongoing maintenance.

Both the construction and landscaping contracts include programmes of employment and training opportunities for local residents, including apprenticeships.

“There is strong demand for modern, high quality facilities in West London and since we aim to create the best opportunities in the market for our customers, we are delighted to be expanding our portfolio in Hayes,” said Andrew Griffiths, managing director, Prologis U.K. “With the potential to bring hundreds of new jobs to the area, Prologis Park West London will also deliver valuable amenities for local people.”

Prologis owns and manages approximately 25 million square feet of logistics and distribution space in the U.K. as of September 30, 2015.