DPD begins work on super hub in Leicestershire

Work has begun on DPD’s new parcel hub (Hub 5) in Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK. The main hub building’s footprint is to be 276,454 sq ft, on a 39 acre site and set to be completed in February 2020. The engineering fit-out will then run until December 2021 and the facility will be operational in 2022. 

It will be DPD’s fifth hub in the UK and will become the largest domestic parcel hub. It is located close to J1 of the M69 and is part of the 82 acre Hinckley Park development, being delivered by IM Properties. The new facility will be just two miles from two other key DPD sites in the area; Hub 4 and the firm’s International Gateway, both of which opened in Sketchley in 2015. 

Hub 5 will be DPD’s most secure and technologically advanced hub, fitted with fully automated sortation technology, the optical character recognition software to automatically scan address information, over 300 security cameras and more than 3,000 m of conveyor. When fully operational, the hub will be able to sort 72,000 parcels per hour.

Dwain McDonald, DPD’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “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. 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.  In the last seven years we’ve also invested in over 30 purpose built regional depots and larger distribution centres around the country to ensure that we have the best and most efficient network infrastructure in the industry.”

Source: DPD