Distribution and Logistics

The distribution and logistics sector has experienced unprecedented growth over the last 12 months. Increasing demand for e-commerce has resulted in immense change for the sector, presenting opportunity and risk for those that operate in it. Advancing technology, climate pressures and meeting new stakeholder expectations are just some of the factors changing the landscape and challenging decision makers as they look to deliver warehouses that will meet the needs of occupiers for years to come.

Demand for logistics space

E-commerce is driving demand for a new type and range of logistical outlets, from large regional distribution centres to smaller urban depots for last mile delivery. Such outlets require close proximity to the UK’s strategic road network in order to meet growing customer needs.

Whether the approach is regenerating brownfield sites, retrofitting existing developments or new-build, we can help you deliver a scheme that reflects and meets the demands of modern logistics.

Delivering distribution centres, infrastructure and urban logistics, we operate across all construction stages helping our clients to find and purchase commercially viable land in this competitive market. We can steer you through the complexities of achieving planning consent and implementing transport infrastructure to achieve a well-connected and desirable logistics site.

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Pursuing net zero carbon

In the changing logistics environment, developers are responsible for responding to the carbon agenda and delivering low carbon buildings. They face the challenges of embodied carbon, decarbonising materials and developing sustainable supply chains. Helping businesses achieve net zero carbon by 2050 is a major priority.

The answer may lie in modern methods of construction; using controlled conditions that create optimised logistic units to enable high standards of quality and energy efficiency. Opportunities also surface in retrofitting existing schemes to streamline energy efficiency.  

We help our clients to produce flexible, sustainable and cost-effective warehouse designs and masterplans that future proof developments for ongoing value. Wherever you are on your journey to net zero, we can set you up for success; from helping you build a carbon neutral strategy suited to the logistics sector to how to tackle embodied carbon.

Achieving Biodiversity Net Gain

When the Environment Bill has passed - as expected - development schemes will be required to deliver 10% biodiversity net gain (BNG) for at least 30 years. Emphasis is placed on enhancing habitats and improving biodiversity on site over time.

Achieving BNG on crowded distribution sites is challenging, but Local Planning Authorities are starting to request BNG evidence in plans. Addressing BNG during planning applications is key to preventing costly delays further down the line. Our ecologists can help you avoid harm to habitats and efficiently utilise space on logistics sites to achieve BNG. 

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Urban and last mile logistics

With the surge in online shopping, demand has increased for more couriers, deliveries and urban warehouse spaces to facilitate last mile distribution and meet shifting consumer needs. Finding these viable sites in urban environments is highly competitive.  

The prospect of vehicle automation, pavement delivery bots, high-speed Hyperloop capsule delivery and airborne drone transport means that logistics companies must reconsider where to locate distribution centres and how to build them.

We can help you secure viable logistic sites and integrate urban warehouses into their settings. Guided by our ecology, air quality, transport, biodiversity net gain and sustainability teams, we ensure that projects are delivered within an environment that is sustainable, accessible and welcoming to all.

Designing for wellness

Optimising supply chain management for maximum value is a critical part of the logistics process. Design revolves around end-user functionality, but also at the core lies the goal of creating a desirable space for the workforce.

Embedding wellbeing into design can foster employee productivity and retention. Our environment team specialise in helping our clients achieve industry standards; guiding them through the intricacies of the WELL standard to deliver logistics spaces that enhance the occupant's health and quality of life.

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Logistics expertise

With an in-depth understanding of our client’s challenges, risks and commercial objectives, we work as project partners across all construction stages; from site selection and evaluation through to design to completion.

  • Site selection, due diligence and feasibility
  • Planning and permitting consents
  • Environmental services
    • Contaminated land
    • Hydrology/flood risk
    • Ecology
    • Air quality and acoustics
  • Project and programme management
  • Transport planning
  • Design production

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