Logistics group seals portside deal
A 26.6 acre portside site at Felixstowe has been sold to a logistics specialist group with plans for a �45 million development. Uniserve Group, a privately owned group of companies operating in global logistics, has bought the site on the Trinity Estate from Trinity College, Cambridge, which has a long-standing association with Felixstowe.
A 26.6 acre portside site at Felixstowe has been sold to a logistics specialist group with plans for a �45 million development.
Uniserve Group, a privately owned group of companies operating in global logistics, has bought the site on the Trinity Estate from Trinity College, Cambridge, which has a long-standing association with Felixstowe.
The land had been enhanced by the college alongside Gazeley, a global provider of sustainable logistics space, supported by the Port of Felixstowe.
The site at Felixstowe is added to Uniserve's portfolio of facilities for sea and air freight at Tilbury, Heathrow, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin.
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Iain Liddell, managing director of Uniserve Holdings, said: “The company strongly believes in owning its premises and providing first class, fit-for-purpose facilities with specialised equipment to meet its customers' demand and this is exactly what Felixstowe Portside provides.
“We look forward to a very successful future at Felixstowe which will be an important new facility for the group's supply chain services.”
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He added: “The portcentric development will deliver cost savings on inland transport, reduced carbon emissions and enhanced speed of service. This project will also provide an unrivalled opportunity for Uniserve's customers to join with the company in developing a purpose-built, portside distribution centre, with the added attraction of a rail link cability.”
Nicholas Roberts of Bidwells, who acted for Trinity College and Gazeley, said: “The volume of freight passing through Felixstowe Port has grown exponentially in recent years, fuelled by imports from the Far East, mainly China.
“The majority of goods landed at Felixstowe travel along the A14 and other main trunk routes running through our region making it an increasingly important part of the UK's distribution network.”
Rory Landman, senior bursar at Trinity College, said the deal was one of the largest commerical long-least transations the College had entered into at Felixstowe.
“We are pleased that Uniserve will prove to be a significant presence on the Trinity Estate,” he added.