DPD gets go-ahead for zero carbon Bicester hub

Through industrial unit developers Tritax Symmetry, DPD has secured planning permission for a net zero carbon, 60,000 sq ft distribution centre in Symmetry Park, Bicester.

The Bicester hub will be DPD’s 36th new format hub built since 2011. The net zero carbon target is in line with the company’s pledge to be the most sustainable delivery company in the UK.

Around 10% of DPD’s fleet are zero-tailpipe-emissions vehicles, totalling 600 currently. The company has been working on a number of other initiatives including energy and waste management, green packaging, smart urban delivery models and the DPD Eco Fund for schools and educational facilities across the UK working on green projects.

DPD will be moving its existing Bicester operations to the new hub which will create 250 new jobs.

Speaking about the agreement, Tom Leeming, Development Director at Tritax Symmetry commented: “We are thrilled to have met DPD’s specific requirements to deliver a highly sustainable net zero carbon design and build solution to support their on-going expansion, especially during these challenging times. The economic impact through the construction period and permanent jobs created at the site will be felt as an immediate boost to the local economy at a time when all business investment should be welcomed.

“DPD’s commitment to become the UK’s most sustainable delivery company is aligned to our own sustainability policy. As a business, we are factoring in environmental considerations into every aspect of our development plans, from electric vehicle charging facilities and energy centres to photo voltaic generation and other energy saving initiatives. With planning now secured, we look forward to appointing a contractor imminently and delivering a state-of-the-art net zero carbon unit for our client.”

Louise Ferguson, General Manager, Property at DPD continued: “Our new Bicester distribution centre will be a state of the art, purpose-built facility.  We already know what a fantastic location Bicester is, and Symmetry Park gives us more room and even better transport links.  This investment will allow us to expand our existing operation to meet the growing demand for our services, create a significant number of new jobs and give us space to carry on growing for a number of years.”