Barings and property developer HBD have acquired a strategically located logistics development opportunity in Rainham, London, UK, in a joint venture partnership on behalf of a pan-European value-add strategy. The 20.5-acre site has outline planning for B1c, B2 and B8 uses and the JV plans to build a large to mid-box scheme totalling circa c. 368,000ft² with design and build opportunities being considered. The redeveloped site will aim to provide new high specification, highly sustainable industrial and logistics units, including enhancements to the River Thames waterfront and cycle path. The site also presents an excellent opportunity for river logistics with potential jetty access.
Work is due to begin next year and, once completed in 2023, is expected to have a GDV of over €117m (£100m). The asset is located in Rainham, 15.5 miles east of central London, and benefits from excellent transport links via the nearby A13. The A13 provides access into central London and out to the M25 motorway and the Dartford crossing (A282) 8 miles to the east, allowing easy access to the wider SE and London region.
Darren Hutchinson, Managing Director, Head of UK Real Estate Transactions at Barings, commented: “This acquisition presented us with an exciting opportunity to create a brand new, high-quality logistics hub in an area with significant undersupply of suitable stock but still within close proximity to central London. The project also puts sustainability at its heart and we will be striving to deliver high standards in excess of the demands of modern occupiers. We are pleased to be partnering with HBD, who bring significant logistics development experience, and look forward to working with them on this project and hopefully again in the future.”
Gunther Deutsch, Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Transactions – Europe at Barings, added: “In our view, demand for urban logistics remains incredibly strong in the UK, with the pandemic accelerating the rise of e-commerce and consumers continue to require expedited delivery times. The sector remains one of our key conviction calls across Europe and across the risk spectrum, from core to value add, with developments representing a significant proportion of our activity over the last 12 months.”
Vivienne Clements, Executive Director at HBD, said: “We are very pleased to be able to bring HBD’s extensive expertise within the industrial and logistics sector to this strategic partnership, and we look forward to co-investing alongside Barings to bring this new scheme forward. During the last year, our team has delivered over 1.1m ft² of I&L space, with a future development pipeline now sitting at €1.6bn (£1.4bn) - this latest project in Rainham is a fantastic development opportunity that will inject much-needed space into the London market.”
Adrian Schofield, Senior Director and Head of Region at HBD, said: “Industrial space in London remains severely constrained, yet demand continues to grow - particularly for urban logistics. The proposed new development will provide further capacity to support East London, and we look forward to transforming the site into a modern, high-spec scheme with sustainability at its heart.”