Members of Chetwoods logistics team travelled to Tokyo recently to look at multi-storey logistics buildings. They wanted to investigate any implications for our design of Gazeley’s G-Park London Docklands project, the first 3-storey logistics warehouse in the UK.
The first multi-storey warehouse in Toyko was built 20 years ago. A walk around the logistics parks dotted about the city showed evidence of the progression from 2-storey warehouses with individual access/straight ramps to each level, to the multi-level helical ramps that now dominate the industrial landscape. After three days research the team concluded that, although there are notable differences due to different social, cultural and health and safety norms, nothing had been overlooked in our design for G-Park London Docklands, the contrast in design reflecting the different rules that need to be applied in the UK.
During the visit it was also interesting to see how investment in transport infrastructure in Japan supports logistics including high-speed elevated roads – not just in Tokyo but at most major junctions in rural areas. This creates a 2-tier system with long distance high-speed roads distributing vehicles and goods very quickly, feeding into a local lower speed network from the closest intersection to a destination. The rail network also has significant elevated routes.