Cargo Handling

dnata to build new London Heathrow warehouse

Aberdeen Standard Investment’s AIPUT fund (Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust) has secured a unanimous resolution from the London Borough of Hounslow’s Planning Committee to grant planning permission for a new cargo warehouse for dnata.

The new 250,000 square facility has been specifically designed to accommodate the operational requirements of the cargo handler – the largest independent handler serving Heathrow Airport.

The buildings, which will be known as dnata City East, will complement dnata’s existing facilities in the area and will be used to handle the air freight requirements of its key clients.

dnata City East represents one of the largest ever off-airport pre-lets at Heathrow. The facility will benefit from a strategic location opposite the Heathrow Cargo Terminal, and adjacent to the Southern Perimeter Road, providing quick access to the airport’s operational areas.

dnata City East represents a further leading-edge development by AIPUT’s specialist airport-focused industrial fund.

dnata UK chief executive officer, Gary Morgan said: “dnata City East will help us to accommodate increased cargo-handling demand from our growing portfolio of clients at London Heathrow at the time when the airport is on the cusp of major expansion.

“Securing a state-of-the-art warehouse of this size in a prime location builds on our relationship and real estate work with AIPUT and puts us in a strong position to handle the airport’s cargo-handling requirements of the future.”