Work starts on Pratt’s multi-temp London site

London, UK: Construction of SH Pratt Group’s multi-temperature site at DP World London Gateway has started.

Luton-based SH Pratt Group, a fruit importer and ripener, is setting up Halo as a new business based at the 108,555 site at London Gateway.

Oliver Treneman, left, and Robert Wells, right, pictured with SH Pratt Group’s senior management team, DP World London Gateway’s commercial and engineering team and appointed contractor Readie

Contractor Readie will work with DP World London Gateway’s civil engineers to build the warehouse due for completion by the third quarter next year.

Halo will operate the port’s first temperature-controlled, chilled and frozen supply chain centre, handling multi-temperature products arriving at DP World London Gateway Port before distribution in the UK.

Robert Wells, chief executive, SH Pratt Group, said: “With construction on this pioneering facility now underway, Halo is one step closer to delivering a facility that will serve to make the temperature-controlled supply chain even more efficient.

“This will be a state-of-the-art, fully accredited, fully-focussed facility which, coupled with SH Pratt Group’s expertise, will deliver beyond the expectations of our customers. We really have set out to raise the bar.

“I am pleased with progress so far. It shows that the partnership between SH Pratt Group – who have the knowledge and expertise to deliver unmatched reductions in cost and enhancements in quality – and DP World London Gateway, the UK’s most sophisticated multimodal logistics hub and its team which has a proven track record in delivering world-class distribution facilities, will enable us to pass on tangible savings to customers; reducing demurrage and accelerating turnarounds by using the port. We know how to handle these products; it’s our area of expertise.

“I’d urge anyone interested in collaborating with Halo on their supply chain to get in touch – while work to develop the building continues apace.”

Oliver Treneman, park development director, DP World London Gateway, said: “The development of this facility is obviously a momentous occasion in the development of the Logistics Park and the embodiment of port-centric logistics.

“SH Pratt Group will soon have a world-class, temperature-controlled distribution facility on the same site as a world-class semi-automated port, located right on the doorstep of the UK’s biggest consumer market with unrivalled access to the whole of the country.

“With the port handling the majority of fresh and frozen product arriving into the UK from countries in the Southern Hemisphere – from avocados and bananas, to melons and lemons – there are a huge number of businesses that stand to benefit from this state-of-the-art solution that has the capacity to deliver cost-savings, reduce carbon emissions and enhance delivery times.”
Halo is part of SH Pratt Group’s programme of investment over the last few years and will be supported by Kinship Logistics, its wholly-owned logistics subsidiary.

DP World London Gateway is one of Europe’s most integrated logistics facilities, with consent for 9.25million sq ft of distribution, warehousing and manufacturing development on the same site as a globally connected, semi-automated, deep-sea container port with purpose-built rail terminal and excellent access to the UK road and rail network.

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