What is the Logistics Zone?
The current situation for the day to day business as usual at UCL is a fairly extensive exercise, adding to that the need for additional activity associated with a major set of construction projects has recognised the need for centralised logistics. Part of this centralised logistics strategy controls construction deliveries which will all become scheduled and to facilitate each delivery a Logistics Zone has been created at the North end of Gordon Square. The Logistics Zone acts as a release point for all construction vehicles ensuring the access strategy is followed and the campus areas do not become grid locked.
Consolidation of Construction Materials
The use of an off site warehouse known as the London Construction Consolidation Centre (LCCC) in Silvertown receives all palletised construction materials. These materials can then be stored off site reducing clutter and then called to site in line with the construction programme. The scheduling system books multiple project materials to site on one vehicle, operated by Wilson James. This method reduces the LGV construction traffic in the UCL local area by up to 70% and is referred to as the "Milk Round". The vehicles operated by Wilson James are also part of the Freight Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) which is a recognised safety standard in London. Wilson James hold the Gold standard.
Consolidate materials arriving at site on an LGV are transferred to smaller vehicles at the Logistics Zone allowing the consolidation vehicle to continue with its milk round deliveries. The smaller vehicles reduces hazards on site and deliver materials to the project areas.
UCL have implemented a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) which provides safety controls over vehicle access. Wilson James support this plan and have additionally introduced live vehicle monitoring at each of the four gates into central campus. This allows for the identification of safe access times for construction deliveries into the campus, reducing the risk of vehicles turning up opportunely and reversing back out into the surrounding streets. All construction delivery vehicles are closely marshalled by Wilson James.
The benefits of the Logistics Zone on Gordon Square
Before the introduction of the Logistics Zone, there were an average of 130 deliveries per day at 4 gates, 20% of these are construction, with Gordon Street being the most busy gate. This also includes 52,000 pedestrian movements per day at 4 gates. Contractors currently manage their own works (inc. materials delivery, waste, storage, welfare, safety, interfaces).
Using the Logistics Zone:
The new LZ facility as part of the Logistics Management Plan creates a 70% reduction in deliveries to Bloomsbury. The new materials delivery system using 'direct to site' and 'consolidated load deliveries' minimises the number of vehicles accessing the campus. A Delivery Management System has been rolled out to all projects on site to schedule deliveries. Traffic Marshalls on campus escort all construction vehicles accessing the site to ensure safe pedestrian and vehicle segregation during the movement and unloading of goods and materials on campus. This approach has reduced deliveries to Bloomsbury by 70%, significantly reducing congestion, transport miles and exhaust emissions.