- 19 June 2019
- Transport / Logistics Services
According to French owned UK parcel operator DPD, its 276,500 square foot, £150 million parcel hub in Leicestershire is on target for 2022 completion. Once completed it will be the largest domestic parcel hub in Europe.
The DPD hub had ground broken in January 2019. Construction should be complete by 2020, and fit-out complete in December 2021.
It will have fully automated sortation technology, optical character recognition technology and 3000 metres of conveyors. The most secure unit in DPD’s estate it will have over 300 security cameras. At full capacity it will be able to sort 72,000 parcels per hour.
“It is fantastic to see our fifth hub starting to take shape,” said DPD chief executive Dwain McDonald. “Hinckley is already a strategically key location for us but having two giant hubs there in future, separate from our West Midlands hubs, gives us a huge amount of operational flexibility to cope with major volume peaks or traffic issues on the network.”
He added: “When Hub 5 opens we will have three of the largest fully automated parcel hubs in Europe and the overnight sorting capacity to support our retail customers for many years to come.”