Sheds in the City

As e-commerce continues to grow, many retailers are bringing their warehouse operations closer to their customers, who increasingly demand speedy delivery.  Finding suitable space in dense urban areas is a challenge for warehouse developers. But, Segro has found a solution: build upwards. The developer has just announced that it is working on plans for the UK’s first true multi-storey warehouse (since X2 at Heathrow) totalling up to 450,000 sq.ft in Enfield. With steep competition from homebuilders for sites, Segro has stated that it aims to get around industrial land being used for residential by maximising density. First, sheds were the new shop. Now it’s sheds next to beds. What is next? Shedquarters?