British Land hires McLaren for new Bermondsey depot


Property development company British Land has appointed McLaren Construction to build a last-mile logistics depot in Bermondsey.  

Mandela Way. Credit: British Land.


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The four-storey industrial and logistics hub on Mandela Way will span 140,000 sq. ft and serve Southwark and central London. 

McLaren’s contract includes plant, landscaping, access, vehicle and parking construction works on a 0.78-hectare site. 

Building services works are limited, meaning around 90 per cent of the build is shell and core only, with the remainder built to a CAT A office fitout. 

Other features include distribution vehicle access on the ground floor including for HGVs, as well as 14 lifts for goods, cargo and people.  

The scheme is targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, will incorporate low carbon materials and have 1,470 sqm of solar panels on the roof. 

It follows the developer receiving approval for the development in October last year.

British Land’s pipeline of urban logistics projects in Greater London currently has a gross development value of £1.3 billion. 

Completion is due in Q3 of 2025. 

David Gavin, MD for industrial and logistics at McLaren, said, “We are seeing a new generation of clever industrial buildings that stack light industrial, warehouse and distribution space to keep a broader range of jobs in urban areas and serve demand for last-mile distribution space.  

“If there’s one thing they have in common, it’s that they maximise their use of tight urban sites, requiring ingenuity and careful planning for the plant and materials we need for construction.” 

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