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Yusen Logistics – a leading global supply chain logistics company – is an existing customer at SEGRO’s Grange Park estate in Northampton. The lease, which is subject to detailed planning consent, is for Yusen Logistics to occupy a 1,191,000 sq ft unit at the 600-acre industrial and logistics park, which benefits from a 35-acre Strategic Rail Freight Interchange, and which will enable the company to provide its customers with rail freight distribution solutions and support them in reducing their carbon emissions.

In line with the company’s Responsible SEGRO commitment to Champion low-carbon growth, the unit will be developed to high sustainability standards, targeting a ‘BREEAM Excellent’ rating. Features include an array of PV panels and 220 EV charging units will also be available onsite to power Yusen Logistics UK’s all electric company car fleet.

The unit is expected to be fully operational by summer 2025. Meanwhile, the construction of the rail freight terminal has been completed and Network Rail is scheduled to undertake the signalling work to connect the terminal to the rail network by Autumn 2024.

David Goldsborough, Managing Director at Yusen Logistics UK, said:

"This Yusen Logistics UK facility, in partnership with SEGRO, sets a new logistics industry benchmark and further emphasises our commitment to providing sustainable logistics services by 2050.

“We are both proud and excited to be a part of this exciting project and look forward to achieving our sustainability goals." 

Dan Holford, Head of National Markets at SEGRO, said:

“We’ve been working hard to create the infrastructure and develop this site in preparation for the first warehouses. It is testament to our strong customer relationship that Yusen Logistics UK has chosen to grow with us and become a strategic occupier at SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton.

“SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton not only represents a critical piece of our national industrial infrastructure for storing and transporting goods, it is enabling employment and economic growth and doing so with sustainability at its heart. We’re particularly pleased that rail freight terminal is proving to be an important factor in the decision to locate at this development.”

SEGRO is implementing a series of programmes to support the local community, helping deliver long-term economic and social benefits to the region. Its Community Investment Plan for Northampton, first launched in 2021, has enabled the ongoing delivery of an employment and skills programme with local partner Track NN providing support and training and for members of the local community. A community environmental project was recently completed at St Crispin’s Community Centre in partnership with Groundwork Northampton, which involved the creation of a multipurpose Wellbeing and Wildlife Garden to allow service user groups to use the outdoor space. Additionally, a schools programme focussing on the logistics and construction industry has been launched to five local schools, in collaboration with Goodwill Solutions.

SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton will deliver up to 5 million sq ft of modern distribution space and is adjacent to Junction 15 of the M1, close to Northampton. The site includes a 235-acre community park, offering footpaths, cycle routes new woodlands and wetlands, 20km of hedgerows and the planting of 60,000 new trees.

About Strategic Rail Freight Interchange

Strategic Rail Freight Interchange are an essential part of the UK’s logistics network, contributing £1.7 billion* to the economy. They also play a vital role in easing congestion, with each freight train removing up to 76** HGVs from Britain’s roads. Rail freight is also significantly cleaner and greener than road or air freight, with every tonne of freight transported by rail generating 76% fewer carbon emissions compared to road haulage**.

SEGRO has incorporated a successful intermodal SRFI, operated by Maritime Transport, at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway near Castle Donnington. It can accommodate up to 16 freight trains a day and provides direct access to the UK’s SRFI network, as well as major UK ports such as Southampton, Felixstowe, London Gateway and the Channel Tunnel.

DfT recently announced a rail freight growth target of 75% growth in net freight tonne kilometres by 2050.

* Network Rail

** Rail Delivery Group – Rail Freight: Working for Britain report


SEGRO is a UK Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), listed on the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris, and is a leading owner, manager and developer of modern warehouses and industrial property. It owns or manages 10.4 million square metres of space (112 million square feet) valued at £20.7 billion serving customers from a wide range of industry sectors. Its properties are located in and around major cities and at key transportation hubs in the UK and in seven other European countries.

For over 100 years SEGRO has been creating the space that enables extraordinary things to happen. From modern big box warehouses, used primarily for regional, national and international distribution hubs, to urban warehousing located close to major population centres and business districts, it provides high-quality assets that allow its customers to thrive.

A commitment to be a force for societal and environmental good is integral to SEGRO’s purpose and strategy. Its Responsible SEGRO framework focuses on three long-term priorities where the company believes it can make the greatest impact: Championing Low-Carbon Growth, Investing in Local Communities and Environments and Nurturing Talent

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About Yusen Logistics

A division of Yusen Logistics Co. Ltd, Yusen Logistics (Europe) BV is headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Yusen Logistics (Europe) BV employs 7,500 people and is active in 17 countries across Europe, operation from over 140 facilities with over 1.3 million sq. metres of warehousing space. Activities focus on automotive, aerospace, retail, healthcare, technology and food logistics.

Yusen Logistics Co. Ltd. was established in 1955 and currently has over 25,000 employees worldwide at more than 631 locations in 47 countries and regions, plus 2.6 million sq. metres of warehousing space. The company is a diversified global market leader in logistics. 

Services range from supply chain management and consulting, through to contract logistics, hazardous materials logistics and reverse logistics. In addition, Yusen Logistics provides road and rail transport, air and ocean freight forwarding, intermodal and multi-modal transport, plus customs brokerage – nationally and internationally. 

Yusen Logistics Co. Ltd is a member of the Japan-based Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha group, also known as NYK – one of the oldest and largest shipping companies in the world (established in 1885). NYK is quoted on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, has a total of 35,000 employees and generates annual revenues of approximately US$ 20 billion. 

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