Gazeley, a leading global supplier of logistics warehouses and distribution parks, joined forces with Palmer & Harvey yesterday to unveil a 168,000 ft² (approx. 15, 607 m²) warehouse, at G. Park Hemel Hempstead.
The facility was unveiled in an official opening ceremony that saw Gazeley, Palmer & Harvey, and representatives from Aberdeen Asset Management and the local community gather at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The multi-temperature distribution centre, speculatively built by Gazeley and Metlife JV, was taken on a 25-year lease by Palmer and Harvey in September last year, before being sold to Aberdeen Asset Management in November 2011. It is a key hub for supplying Palmer & Harvey customers across the Midlands and South East region of the UK, including the forecourts of Shell. The facility will serve 5,200 customers and has boosted local employment with 300 new staff.
Bruce Topley, Senior Development Director at Gazeley, said: "We are delighted to be unveiling this warehouse alongside our customer Palmer & Harvey today. This project has been a key development for Gazeley in Hemel Hempstead and one in which we are proud to have helped Palmer & Harvey continue to grow their business."
Julian Streeter, Managing Director, Operations, Palmer and Harvey, said "Today marks the completion of our 14th distribution centre at Hemel Hempstead, and the third serving the South East region. This multi-temperature distribution centre is the company's most technologically advanced and the most environmentally friendly.
We chose to have our state-of-the-art distribution centre located in Hemel Hempstead to give easy access to our customers in London and across the South-East. We deliver to over 5,000 retailers in the region and we have to meet their delivery windows being located in Hemel allows us to do this."
Agents Gerald Eve acted for Palmer and Harvey and Aberdeen Asset Management. Lambert Smith Hampton, Savills and CBRE acted for Gazeley UK and Metlife JV.
Source: Red Consultancy