The first phase of a 1.4 million square foot logistics park at the Port of Felixstowe has received planning permission.
The approval covers the first four warehouses to be built as part of the scheme at the Port of Britain. The four warehouses consented as part of Phase 1 provide nearly 1 million square feet of storage space with the largest being 360,000 square feet.
Commenting on the development, Mark Seaman, Finance Director at the port, said:
"The receipt of planning permission is a significant step towards the delivery of this latest major development at the port. There has already been significant interest from potential occupiers and the final design of each of the warehouses will be agreed with individual tenants to meet their specific requirements.
"The Port of Felixstowe Logistics Park is a unique proposition. Located within the port's perimeter it offers tenants the benefit of a site in the UK's largest container port, adjacent to the terminal at which the world's largest and most efficient container ships call."
The initial Logistics Park Masterplan contains provision for four separate units ranging in size upwards from 106,000 square feet. Phase 1 will occupy 51 acres of the total 68 acre site. The remainder will be built as part of Phase 2.
The logistics park will benefit from the same excellent road and rail connections developed to serve Felixstowe as the UK's largest container port.
The planning permission was granted a month after the completion of the extension to Berth 9 at the port and the opening of a ￡4 million expansion of its examination facilities for foodstuffs.
The Berth 9 extension allows two of the world's largest container ships to be worked simultaneously. In total, Felixstowe has nine container berths and handles nearly 45% of all UK container traffic.
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Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK, and one of the largest in Europe. PFL is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group. Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison), is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator.? The HPH network of port operations comprises 319 berths in 52 ports, spanning 26 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, HPH has expanded internationally into other logistics and transportation-related businesses. These include cruise ship terminals, airport operations, distribution centres, rail services, and ship repair facilities.? In 2014, the HPH port network handled a combined throughput of 82.9 million TEU worldwide.