London Construction Consolidation Center (LCCC)

Project information

Index: 0154R1
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Energy and sustainable transport
Location UNITED KINGDOM LONDON London Inner London Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2005-10-01
End: on-going

Topic of the practice

urban freight policies

Good Practice Information

The LCCC was acting as a distribution centre and delivery service area for construction materials to four major building projects in Central London. The LCCC’s mission is “to deliver in the safest and most efficient manner possible the right materials to the right site at the required contractors and project managers”. Because of the cost an environmental impact of deliveries, the consolidation center aim to reduce the number of vehicles travelling into urban areas. The objective of the consolidation center is to offer an effective supply chain management solution to facilitate the safe and efficient flow of goods from the supplier through to the end user. The LCCC is a part of the Delivery and Servicing Plans (DSPs) which is one of four key projects of London Freight Plan of June 2008. LCCC comprises: Wilson James, one of the leading providers of construction and aviation logistics and consultancy services in the UK, Stanhope plc, who develops commercial properties in the UK, Bovis Lend Lease, one of the world’s
leading project management and construction companies, Transport for London (TfL created a dedicated team involved in the management of the consolidation centre). The LCCC operated from a 5000 m² facility that had the capacity to process in excess of 200,000 pallets of construction project materials per annum, based on a dwell time of seven days. The Centre was used to service four main key central London developments, all of which have considerable delivery constraints as a result of their central location, and planning restrictions. Such constraints included narrow one way streets and limited operating hours for certain types of work such as deliveries due to the proximity of other businesses. Opening of a two year demonstration project from October 2005 to October 2007. It closed down in 2007 and a new facility was opened in 2008, but without the involvement of TfL. LCCC employed 16 staff. Critical success factrs: Putting in place appropriate management techniques.

Evidence of success

The following benefits have been achieved:estimated reduction of 70-80% CO2 emissions compared with the case in which all deliveries would have been made direct to the construction sites;a 70% decrease in the number of delivery vehicles travelling to the construction sites including the removal of deliveries by articulated lorries; fewer failed and late deliveries as the LCCC manages the final delivery stage; Greater delivery flexibility(companies ordered smaller quantities for each site while suppliers have sent full loads to the LCCC); Fewer unnecessarily early deliveries(without a consolidation centre, deliveries from further afield would generally arrive early to avoid late delivery penalties). This leads to certain logistical problems including: Trucks waiting to be unloaded at site, causing local congestion issues, Deliveries being tipped and product sitting around on site before required, Deliveries being turned away altogether

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Jacques Leonardi, Jaz Chani

Transport for London /

Annex completed on: 03-09-2011

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