RPS was appointed by DP World to act as Architects and Civil and Structural Engineers for the Logistics Centre, the first distribution building at the London Gateway. Located just 25 miles from Central London and accessible by road, rail and sea, DP World London Gateway Logistics Park is Europe’s largest designated logistics park, adjacent to the UK’s first purpose built 21st Century major deep-sea container port.
The design of the Logistics Centre set the standard for the rest of the park to follow, and a number of challenges had to be overcome in the design including local ecology, archaeology and ground condition issues.
Subject to a Local Development Order, the design for the warehouse had to meet a number of local planning requirements including a park wide Design Code.
The first phase of the building, which comprises 16,800m2 (180,000ft2) of distribution and logistics space and 2,400m2 (25,000ft2) of office space, was completed to a BREEAM “very good” standard, the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.
The office space included open plan office accommodation that can be split between occupiers, a communal canteen, break out area, locker and shower facilities and shared meeting spaces.
RPS worked with DP World to create a distribution building that can accommodate a number of different end users, provide maximum long term flexibility and be extendable as the port increases in size. The external service yards were designed to be divisible between different occupiers and accommodate a range of vehicles and docking solutions for vans, double deck HGVs and shipping containers.
Due to the success of the first phase, in 2016 RPS was appointed to design the second phase of the building, bringing the total warehouse area up to 380,000ft2. The second phase of the building was successfully handed over to DP World in June 2017.