Prologis leases second building on Prologis Park Hemel Hempstead

Prologis UK has leased a second building on Prologis Park Hemel Hempstead to Riwal UK – the aerial platform and telehandler specialist. Riwal UK will take a 21,535 square foot unit with 19,000 square feet of yard space on the newly created Park, which will act as its London North Hub

Mick Ledden, Country Manager for Riwal UK Ltd, said: “The strategic location of Prologis Park Hemel Hempstead, close to the M25 at the base of the M1 corridor, will help us deliver a fast, responsive service to our customers across North London, Heathrow in the West and throughout the Home Counties.

“The new building gives us the extra space we need to meet our expansion targets and its sustainability features are aligned with Riwal’s strategy of delivering powered access services that are cutting edge, energy-efficient and support sustainable global development.

 “We are looking forward to locating our London North hub in a modern facility that reflects our commitment to sustainability and helps us to provide an efficient service to our clients.”

All new Prologis buildings in the UK are designed to be sustainable and provide superior energy performance, helping to minimise the customer’s operational costs whilst protecting the environment. Riwal’s new building benefits from a rooftop solar power array, rainwater harvesting and solar thermal hot water systems. However, the sustainability features of the building and the wider Park environment do not stop there.

Prologis Park Hemel Hempstead will protect 421 acres of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a unique network of forest conservation initiatives which involves all 53 countries of the Commonwealth. Working with the environmental charity Cool Earth, Prologis will mitigate 109% of the carbon involved in the construction of the buildings on Prologis Park Hemel Hempstead by protecting an area of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy in Papua New Guinea.

In addition to protecting areas of the rainforest for future generations, every building on Prologis Park Hemel Hempstead will also have its whole-life carbon impact officially certified by The Planet MarkTM as Simon Cox, UK Sustainability Officer for Prologis explains:

“We feel passionately that, as a property company, we should play our part in reducing average lifetime carbon in our buildings to bring the benefits of sustainability to our customers, the local community and beyond. This legacy of sustainable development is something we gift to every owner or occupier of a Prologis building in the UK, allowing them to start their own sustainability journey.

“Our sustainability programme also funds education officers from the Eden Project to go into local schools close to our developments and talk to the children about sustainability and how they can play their part in protecting the planet. To date, we’ve delivered this programme to children at Hobletts Manor Junior School and Nash Mills School in Hemel Hempstead and a number of other schools will be taking part in this initiative over the coming months.”

Prologis Park Hemel Hempstead, which is at Maylands Gateway, sits within the town’s new Enviro-tech Enterprise Zone.  When complete, the park will provide up to 540,000 square feet of industrial and distribution space, together with a £2.5 million investment in local highway infrastructure. Prologis will also create a network of safe pedestrian and cycle routes around the site and along Buncefield Lane, as well as a new ‘pocket park’, which the company will maintain for people who live and work locally.

Riwal UK has expertise in supplying specialist access platforms, including large scissor lifts, spider lifts, and super booms, to the largest construction projects in the UK. The company is part of Riwal Holding Group, a Dutch-based global provider of powered access, and materials handling equipment that operates in countries across Europe, Middle East, India and Kazakhstan.

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