New Heathrow hub for DHL Express completed

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Construction of DHL Express UK’s new South East operation and Head Office close Heathrow Airport has been completed and will be fully operational in early 2017.

The 150,000 square foot facility developed by Airport Property Partnership (APP), a joint venture between SEGRO and Aviva Investors is based in Colnbrook, on the Western edge of Heathrow Airport. DHL Express will relocate its head office and South East operation from its current premises at APP’s Orbital Park and through a phased transition, the Colnbrook site will be fully operational in early 2017.

The facility will be home to 750 employees and manage DHL Express shipments for the South East of England, with sorting machinery optimised for efficiency and 24/7 operations. To cater for the rapid rise of international shipping and e-commerce, the facility can handle up to 28,000 items per hour.

APP director and SEGRO business unit director for Greater London, Alan Holland says: “It’s great to announce that we have reached completion of this development for DHL Express. This state of the art facility will provide the additional capacity which the company needs in order to cater for the significant growth they are experiencing.”

“DHL Express is an important customer of APP, and as a result of our long-term relationship with them, we have been able to work together to ensure that this new unit meets their exact specification.”

DHL Express UK programme director, John Baird says: “This brand new state of the art facility incorporates the latest technology and security options. Providing increased efficiency and sustainability, the new building gives our business the capacity and capability to meet our customers’ growing needs for many years to come.”