Gazeley Delivers On Time and Again for John Lewis with Second Distribution Centre at Magna Park Milton Keynes of 670,000 SF

New best in class regional distribution centre at flagship UK site completed on time and on budget and handed over to another happy customer

LONDON, 17 March 2014 – Gazeley, a leading global investor and developer of logistics warehouses and distribution parks has today announced the completion of a brand new 670,000 sq ft ecommerce distribution centre handed over on time and on budget for leading UK retailer John Lewis.

The building, John Lewis’s second at Magna Park Milton Keynes, took just 24 weeks to construct and will be occupied on a 30 year lease. Sitting on a 25 acre site, it is connected by a link bridge to the first John Lewis building of 650,000 sq ft also built by Gazeley in 2007. It serves as one of the largest link bridges of its kind in the UK, weighing 153 tonnes and spanning 93 meters, one and a half times the wing span of a Boeing 747. Both buildings together provide John Lewis with over 1.3 million sq ft of sustainable floor-space dedicated to the fulfilment of its fast expanding omni-channel retail business.

Gazeley handed the building over to John Lewis on 28th February and the building is currently being fitted out. It is expected to become operational by the spring of 2015 and will employ 450 people from the surrounding area.

Speaking about the completion of the project UK Country Director Alex Verbeek said, "Our relationship with John Lewis goes back many years and we are very pleased to have been chosen again to deliver this brand new facility and fuel their next phase of growth. When fully operational this building will service John Lewis’s fast expanding customer service offer in the UK."

Also speaking about the handover Dino Rocos, Operations Director John Lewis said, "Magna Park Milton Keynes is our flagship UK distribution site and plays a key role in the development of our successful omni-channel distribution strategy. Gazeley are a key partner to the business and have once again demonstrated their ability to deliver on time and on budget for the John Lewis Partnership.”

About Gazeley
Gazeley, a leading global investor and developer of sustainable logistics warehouses and distribution parks, is part of the Brookfield Property Partners Group and, along with Industrial Developments International (IDI), based in Atlanta GA, forms a global industrial platform.

Gazeley has operational platforms in the UK, Asia, and Continental Europe and, through IDI, North America. It is one of the world’s longest running developers of high quality, cost effective “Build-to-Suit” logistics warehouses that accommodate many of the world’s leading brands and largest companies.
Its customers come from across the retail/FMCG, transport and logistics, industrial, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors and include Walmart, P&G, Amazon, adidas, John Lewis, Tesco, H&M, DHL and Volkswagen.

In partnership with IDI, Gazeley currently owns and operates a combined global industrial property portfolio comprising of approximately 68 million sq ft of occupied industrial warehouse space with an additional 79 million sq ft of assets under development.

To date the company has developed in excess of 75 million sq ft of sustainable warehouse space for over 130 customers worldwide and currently controls a land-bank of 1,050 hectares.
Gazeley is among the foremost pioneers of environmentally sustainable warehouse development and is committed to delivering high quality buildings that are cheaper to operate and maintain, that also meet and exceed the world’s most stringent sustainable development standards.

About Brookfield Property Partners
Brookfield Property Partners is a global commercial real estate owner, operator and investor. Our diversified portfolio includes interests in over 300 office and retail properties encompassing approximately 250 million square feet. In addition, we have interests in over 25,500 multi-family units and 19 million square foot office development pipeline. Our goal is to be the leading global investor in best in class commercial property assets.

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About John Lewis
John Lewis operates 40 John Lewis shops across the UK (30 department stores and ten John Lewis at home) as well as It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK's largest example of worker co-ownership where all 91,000 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis, 'Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2014' ¹, 'The Nation's Best Retailer' ² and 'Best Retailer 2013' ³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. stocks over 250,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK.  John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products - home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover - delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2014
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2013
³ Which? Awards 2013


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