Industrial - logistics and manufacturing

The world of logistics and warehousing (known as ‘big box’) development and operations has seen huge changes over the past 12-18 months, as businesses rush to construct new facilities in light of the impact of both the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit. 2020 was a year of increased demand and short supply.

At the same time, manufacturers and industrial occupiers have had to re-evaluate their business models, and their need for and use of space. At the same time, environmental considerations (including mobility and sustainability) remain high on many radars as well.

These trends are likely to continue to drive the industrial market over the next few years as we adapt to life both outside of the EU and post-pandemic:

  • Many investors will be looking for ways that they can keep up with (and anticipate) the needs of their occupiers.
  • Modular construction may be considered as a way to develop new space sustainability and efficiently.
  • Occupiers will be looking at efficient use of space within their property portfolios, which may see re-purposing of assets within their businesses.
  • Last-mile logistics will take on greater prominence as our reliance on home deliveries looks unlikely to reduce substantially as we emerge from lockdown.
  • As shop brands disappear from the high street, having been purchased by online retailers, logistics demand will only increase.  

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