8 January 2014 - SWIP's (Scottish Widows Investment Partnership) Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust (AIPUT) – an award-winning specialist owner and manager of prime airport related industrial warehouses – has completed Heathrow’s new premier cargo handling centre for their esteemed customer dnata.

AIPUT has delivered three new customised cargo handling facilities of 19,045 sq m (205,640 sq ft) to add to two of dnata’s existing premium facilities on Bedfont Road. Together these form dnata City, Heathrow’s new landmark cargo park of 39,020 sq m (420,000 sq ft). This benchmark scheme marks a significant commitment and investment for both AIPUT and dnata, with the partnership investing more than £100m over the life of the scheme, and should create over 300 new jobs.

dnata City is a ground-breaking cargo handling park, located in the southern region of the airport. It is situated opposite the Heathrow Cargo Centre and a number of important security Control Posts, with direct access to the airport’s Perimeter Road and motorway network of the M25 and M4, which link the airport with Central London and the major regions of the UK. The scheme has been tailored to deliver world class cargo warehouse solutions for dnata’s global carriers. This market-leading cargo warehouse platform is capable of supporting significant growth and sustainable efficiencies for the dnata business over the long term. The new facilities will be operational in early 2014, and mark Heathrow’s largest pre-let to a cargo and aviation related operator for 14 years.

Nick Smith, Fund Manager of AIPUT, said:

"Heathrow Airport is a cornerstone for the UK economy given its excellent global connectivity, and servicing sustainable cargo solutions is a vital driver for its long term success. We are immensely proud to support this Premier League international hub airport, and to share this monumental investment and alliance with our valued customer dnata through the successful delivery of this flagship cargo handling park. 

“The unification of our vision with dnata has culminated in a world class cargo handling centre that is transforming the premier cargo handling landscape at Heathrow, with a strong focus on accelerating the delivery of service-excellence at the airport. The cutting edge facilities and their strategic connectivity to the airport will deliver exceptional cargo solutions for dnata’s clients, whilst the significant investment is an important sign of our combined confidence in the long term success of Heathrow and its vibrant community.

“The delivery of dnata City is testament to our scale, knowledge and deep understanding of the specialist aviation and Real Estate markets. The state-of-the-art scheme demonstrates our dedication to delivering exceptional customer service for dnata, whilst simultaneously delivering an outstanding investment for our investors."

Gary Morgan, CEO for dnata UK, commented:

"dnata City reaffirms us as a global leader in the air cargo business and to deliver service-excellence and choice for our premier customers at UK's gateway airport, London Heathrow.

“Our new cargo park offers our customers industry-leading facilities and efficiencies to handle a variety of dedicated cargo from across the globe, supported by an established connection to the new dnata UK network to deliver full country-wide coverage.

“SWIP's dedication and ability to recognise our commitment to deliver on our promises to provide exceptional quality and industry leading services to our customers has shaped a unique long term relationship that will propel Heathrow’s infrastructure further onto the international stage and reinforce the airport’s premier position.”

AIPUT is pleased to have been supported by an experienced consultancy team over the course of this project. The project management and strategy has been orchestrated by Canmoor, who has detailed knowledge of delivering market leading industrial warehouses throughout the UK. The lead contractor for the new cargo warehouses is Winvic Construction, an industry leader in building major logistic warehouses across the UK and Heathrow. Architectural design of the scheme was undertaken by Michael Sparks Associates, with specialist advice from Eversheds and Dowley Turner Real Estate. 

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