DHL prepares to welcome employees to “fantastic” new Colnbrook headquarters
The construction of DHL Express UK’s massive new Head Office in Poyle, has reached completion, and the company’s CEO says he is “thrilled” that he will be able to begin moving 750 employees to the “state of the art” new building shortly.
The 150,000 sq ft Poyle 14, which now dominates the skyline in the Poyle Trading Estate, has finally been completed, the company has announced today.
The new site will see DHL Express relocate its Head Office and South East operation from its current smaller premises at Orbital Park, Heathrow. With a phased transition, the new Colnbrook site will be fully operational in early 2017.
Our motivated employees are at the centre of everything we do and I very much look forward to welcoming them to what will be a fantastic new working environment.
Phil Couchman, CEO DHL Express UK and Ireland, said he is looking forward to welcoming employees to the new building:
“I’m thrilled that our operation will soon be moving into this impressive new facility. APP and Buckinghams have worked in partnership with us to ensure that the site is wholly tailored to our needs. This means that not only will our capabilities increase – helping us maintain the high level of service we deliver to our customers – but we’ll also provide a first class, modern and sustainable workspace for our people”.
The new building has been developed by the Airport Property Partnership (APP), a joint venture between Slough-based SEGRO and Aviva Investors, and has seen a major investment by the company.
The cross-dock facility will be home to 750 employees and will manage DHL Express shipments for the South East of England. Designed around the DHL parcel sorting machinery to optimise its efficiency and allow 24/7 operation, the site will bring together DHL’s Distribution Centre, Service Centre and Head Office in one purpose built facility.
The company says its new site will see its parcel handling capacity increase from 6,000 items per-hour to 28,000, allowing the company to meet a huge increase in demand.
The state of the art facility incorporates the latest technology and security options and has been built to be efficient and sustainable. The facility boasts photo-voltaic panels and air source heat pumps and CO2 emissions are expected to be 40% lower than building regulations demand. The building will achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and EPC ‘A’ ratings.
John Baird, Programme Director, DHL Express UK, said:
“Delivered on time and on budget, the project has been a brilliant success and I look forward to seeing it in action in 2017.”
Staff could begin moving into the building in just over a month’s time, in preparation for the Christmas rush.
See how the building developed in a series of time-lapse videos on Vimeo: