British Property Federation launches cross-sector Warehousing Board
- New Board will lead advocacy for the UK logistics sector and highlight the role warehousing plays as essential national infrastructure
- Board will bring together developers, owners and occupiers to help shape Government policy and address long-term shortage of warehousing space
- Andy Gulliford, Chief Operating Officer at SEGRO, appointed as Chair
The British Property Federation (BPF) has launched a Warehousing Board (The Board) to highlight the role of warehousing as essential national infrastructure and a key driver of economic growth.
The Board has been created to lead engagement with national and regional government, with a particular focus on the need for more support for warehouse development to enable the growth of the logistics sector, which employs 3.8 million people, accounts for 14% of the economic output in England and is a catalyst for job creation, improvements to road and rail infrastructure and housing delivery.
It will be chaired by Andy Gulliford, Chief Operating Officer at SEGRO, who has more than 35 years’ experience in the logistics sector across the UK and Continental Europe. He will be joined on the Board by a number of senior executives from the UK and Europe’s leading owners and developers of logistics space and key decision makers from retail and logistics companies.
The Board will engage with local and national government to highlight the vital role the warehousing sector has in delivering sustainable economic growth, creating essential and highly skilled job opportunities and supporting customers reduce operational carbon emissions.
Working in collaboration with the BPF’s Executive team led by Melanie Leech and the existing BPF Industrial Committee, the BPF Warehousing Board will also review how the planning system could be adapted to address the structural shortage of warehouse space and build on the 2021 report, ‘Levelling Up: The Logic of Logistics’, which examined how national planning policy and increased housing targets have restricted the development of space for the logistics sector for over a decade. The report is available to read here.
Andy Gulliford, Chair of the British Property Federation Warehousing Board (Chief Operating Officer at SEGRO) said:
“The COVID-19 pandemic showed the critical but often unseen role logistics plays in our everyday lives and its importance to the national economy. However, the allocation of industrial land for other uses, inflexible planning policy and misperceptions around the nature of logistics employment means we are facing an acute shortage of warehouse space in many parts of the UK.
“I am delighted to be asked to Chair the BPF’s Warehousing Board and I believe that working together with the wider BPF team and businesses across the full spectrum of the supply chain, we have a tremendous opportunity to build wider understanding of the vast socio-economic benefits the logistics sector delivers, and the urgent need to plan for and develop the space it needs to reach its full potential.”
Melanie Leech, Chief Executive, British Property Federation added:
“Warehousing is essential national infrastructure but our research shows that demand for space has been underestimated in planning policy for at least a decade. I look forward to working with Andy and his colleagues on the BPF Warehousing Board to continue to make the case to Government that we must plan more effectively for the delivery of warehouse space and encourage more creative thinking around how to accommodate this vital use in areas of high population growth and limited land availability. It is not only essential to ensuring we can all access the goods we need; it sits right at the heart of Government’s ambitions for growth across all areas of the country.”
The founding members of the BPF Warehousing Board are:
Andy Gulliford, Chief Operating Officer, SEGRO (Chair)
David Sleath, Chief Executive, SEGRO
Polly Troughton, Managing Director, St Modwen Logistics
Michael Slattery, Chief Executive, Logicor
Nick Cook, President, GLP Europe
Paul Weston, Senior Vice President, Regional Head, Prologis UK
Melanie Leech, Chief Executive, British Property Federation
Patrick Dunne, Director of Group Property, FM & Procurement (CPO), Sainsburys
Kevin Mofid, Head of Logistic and Industrial Research, Savills
Colin Godfrey, Chief Executive, Tritax Big Box
Andrew Dickman, Director, Tritax Symmetry
Doug Thornton, Property Director, Wincaton