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AIPUT secures agreement for air cargo warehouse serving Heathrow Airport

17 Oct 2018

London, 10 October 2018Aberdeen Standard Investment’s AIPUT fund (Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust) has secured a resolution to grant planning permission for its landmark new cargo warehouse from the London Borough of Hounslow’s Planning Committee.

The new 250,000 sq ft facility has been specifically designed to accommodate the operational requirements of dnata, the largest independent cargo-handler serving Heathrow.

The buildings, which will be known as dnata City East, will complement dnata’s existing facilities in the area and will be used to handle the air-freight requirements of its key clients.

dnata City East represents one of the largest ever off-airport pre-lets at Heathrow. The facility will benefit from a strategic location opposite the Heathrow Cargo Terminal, and adjacent to the Southern Perimeter Road, providing quick access to the airport’s operational areas.

dnata City East represents a further leading-edge development by AIPUT’s specialist airport-focused industrial fund.

Commenting on the deal, AIPUT Fund Manager, Nick Smith, said:

“AIPUT is delighted and proud to be announcing this development alongside our established and valued customer, dnata.

This planning permission reinforces AIPUT’s position as one of the largest and most informed landlords around the airport, with the right property in the right place to serve the expanding air-freight related demand and logistics requirements.

dnata’s investment represents a strong vote of confidence in the robustness of AIPUT’s real estate strategy and service to its key airport-related customers.”

dnata UK CEO Gary Morgan said:

“dnata City East will help us to accommodate increased cargo-handling demand from our growing portfolio of clients at London Heathrow at the time when the airport is on the cusp of major expansion.

Securing a state-of-the-art warehouse of this size in a prime location builds on our relationship and real estate work with AIPUT and puts us in a strong position to handle the airport’s cargo-handling requirements of the future.”

AIPUT was represented by ChappellKing and Eversheds Sutherland. dnata was represented by Lambert Smith Hampton and Gowling WLG.



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Aberdeen Standard Investment’s Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust (AIPUT) is an award-winning specialist owner and manager of industrial property on and near major UK airports. AIPUT is the only specialist airport-focused industrial fund in the UK for institutional investors. AIPUT aims to deliver a strong ESG (environmental, social corporate governance) performance throughout its portfolio, successfully achieving GRESB Green Star status in each of the last four years.

The fund manages a prime portfolio of properties providing high-quality and customised warehouse and logistics space:

  • £665m assets under management (@ September 2018)
  • 22 assets, amounting to 2.5m sq ft
  • 2m sq ft of assets at Heathrow, making AIPUT one of the largest landlords around the airport, serving the evolving needs of the airport and the air-freight related industry.
  • Assets at three of London’s major international airports, namely Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, plus property at East Midlands and Glasgow
  • Target clients and investors – pension funds & expert institutional investors

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