This morning Tritax confirmed it was advancing with the vast four-storey warehouse after confirming a pre-let with a major online retailer, understood to be Amazon.
It plans to invest £200m in the project at a 45-acre site plot at the 119-acre site of the old Littlebrook Power Station.
Contractor ISG is understood to be favourite to build the 60-week project, which would be Amazon’s largest distribution centre in Europe.
Nottingham-based Collins Earthworks has the site preparation deal.
The project is targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating through a 3.5MW roof solar panel system which would be the UK’s biggest.
Other emission-reducing features would include an electric heating system, energy-saving lighting, low water use and 40 electric car-charging vehicle points
Colin Godfrey, CEO, Fund Management, said: “The signing of this pre-let for a 2.3 million sq ft prime logistics facility is a great achievement and demonstrates our strategy is working.
“Recent macro events are accelerating substantial tailwinds for our business through the ongoing adoption of e-commerce platforms as consumers increasingly shop online.
“This enhances our existing portfolio with a substantial, prime and sustainable logistics investment at an attractive yield on cost as we advance our plans to transform this disused brownfield site into a new premium logistics park.
“Working with our partner Bericote, the development of the site will not only deliver much sought-after high specification logistics space for London, but will also bring enhanced local infrastructure and significant employment opportunities to the local area, strengthening its economic growth.”