London Gateway New Administration Building


The Vision

London Gateway is the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. It provides some 9.25m sq. ft (860k sq m) of accommodation, primarily for the distribution sector. Owned and operated by DP World and situated on the north bank of the River Thames. The first project phase was the construction of a bespoke 33,000 sq.ft three-storey landmark head office. The building is the central hub from where all IT port operations will be controlled. It includes a new IT control room for the Port, development welfare facilities, canteen, administration offices and site management facilities with ancillary parking, landscaping, open space, drainage, access facilities and related earthworks The building includes the latest thinking for design and sustainability. Great care was taken to ensure all methods of environmental sustainability were considered and incorporated into the design. These include recycling rainwater, using solar panels to heat water, reducing waste and using local materials, recyclable and recycled materials, and incorporating features such as a Sustainable Urban Drainage System, and energy-efficient external lighting.

 Our Role

We were engaged as Project Managers and Contract Administrators for this project. Our remit was to provide the full range of project management and contract administration duties from design inception through to handover and operation.   Our role included the following services;

  • Risk Management
  • Logistics and programme management
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Design Management
  • Contract Administration

Key Challenges

  • A complex project logistically in terms of operating with multiple contractors in one of Europe’s largest construction sites
  • Remote site open to the elements
  • High specification
  • Tight budget
  • Challenging programme


The Particulars

Client DP World
Programme July 12 – September 13
Architect Chetwoods
Cost Manager Robinson Low Francis
M&E Engineers WSP
Structural Engineers WSP
DP World London Gateway Project Admin Building