DHL Supply Chain commences construction of London Gateway sustainable logistics facility

DHL Supply Chain has begun the construction of its purpose-built depot, ‘London Thames Gateway’, a newly designed world-class distribution centre.

DHL Supply Chain commences construction of London Gateway sustainable logistics facility
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DHL Supply Chain has begun the construction of its
purpose-built depot, ‘London Thames Gateway’, a newly designed world-class
distribution centre.

Formally marking the beginning of the project with a
ground-breaking ceremony this week, the new state of the art facility will be
fully operational in spring 2023, with Mars UK already committed to occupying
60 percent of the site.

When complete, the
new facility will bring huge opportunities to the market, with a 42m high bay
warehouse accredited as ‘outstanding’ by the leading construction
sustainability standard BREEAM, an internal volume equivalent to 645 Olympic
swimming pools, and market-leading levels of automation which will generate
cost and time savings.

Jim Hartshorne,
managing director, Retail and Consumer UK&I, DHL Supply Chain said, “It’s a
really exciting day to see the official commencement of a landmark project such
as this. We’re incredibly proud to be able to offer our customers operations
that are not only world class in efficiency, but also exemplars of sustainable
warehousing.”

Tim Walker, supply chain director, Mars UK added, “This is
an exciting milestone for our business as we look to realise our ambition of
creating a truly world class logistics operation that is sustainable, smart and
agile. What is good for our business is also good for the planet and this
project is a meaningful step in our sustainability journey as we look to create
the world we want tomorrow – which we know starts with how we do business
today.” The new site is one of two new warehouses under construction, the other
located in the East Midlands. Representing an investment of £350 million, the
two sites will reduce Mars’ outbound logistics carbon footprint in the UK by
7.7 percent. The buildings themselves will be partially solar-powered and rated
in the top 1 percent of non-domestic buildings in the UK environmentally.


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