Barings and HBD secure planning for 400,000 sq. ft. London logistics scheme

1 July, 22

Barings, one of the world’s largest diversified real estate investment managers, and HBD have secured detailed planning for a strategic logistics scheme in Rainham, London, transforming a 20-acre brownfield site.

The new development, Momentum London, is being delivered by Barings and HBD in a joint venture partnership. It will create 381,814 sq. ft. of new logistics and industrial space across four units ranging from 41,000 -171,000 sq. ft.

The scheme will target Net Zero Carbon, BREEAM “Excellent” and an EPC “A+” rating. This is being achieved by dynamic design, careful consideration of materials, zero use of fossil fuels, maximizing photovoltaic solar panels, battery storage and intelligent building systems. The units will be 100% EV ready, including passive fleet charging to the yards.

The logistics park will be set in landscaped environment with picnic and public areas, as well as direct access onto the Thames Cycle Path, so that it brings further social benefits to the area.

Positioned on the River Thames, with potential for jetty access, Momentum will offer an easy stepping stone into Central London and out via the A13, just minutes away.

Darren Hutchinson, Head of UK Real Estate Transactions and Managing Director at Barings, said: “Momentum London will be a strategically located logistics scheme with strong environmental and social credentials, beneficial both to future occupiers and the communities around it. Logistics is one of Barings’ preferred investment sectors and Momentum London exemplifies the kind of developments we’re seeking, with a keen interest in exploring joint ventures like this one with HBD.”

Simon Quine, Senior Development Surveyor at HBD, said: “Industrial and logistics space remains in very limited supply across London, particularly larger distribution units. Momentum will plug that gap within the M25 and provide modern, sustainable logistics and distribution space to serve London and the wider South East market.

“Landscaping and wellness have been thoroughly considered, with careful design considerations and enhancements to the Thames Foot and Cycle path, which we hope will help occupiers to attract and retain staff.”

The JV will start on site in October 2022 with the units available for occupation from late 2023.

Letting agents on the scheme are CBRE, Montagu Evans and Glenny.

Barings Real Estate is one of the world’s largest diversified real estate investment managers. It offers a broad range of global investment opportunities across the private debt and equity investment markets and invests in all major property sectors.

HBD one of the UK’s most active property developers, with seven offices across the country. It concentrates on three key sectors; industrial and logistics, urban regeneration and residential.

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