DHL, East Midlands Airport

A new 232,506 sq ft extension to the existing sortation hub

Project Overview

A new sortation hub and 232,506 sq ft parcel hub with two storey integral offices

Offices include a new call centre space for the UK International Gateway to other DHL hubs. The project was an extension to integrate the existing aviation hub and is a turnkey fit out.  The project was awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and EPC ‘A’ rating.

The Challenge

The extension works were carried out under a live operation over a 65 week period so the everyday operation of the existing facility continued without disruption, which was business critical for DHL Aviation.  Security on the site was paramount as the works were being carried out adjacent to a live airport apron. Every person assigned to work on the project that would be air side had to be DBS checked as a clear criminal record was required.

It was also very important to get the installation of the flexible plant deck correct to house the ever evolving state of the art MHE Design.

Our process

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Two Stage Tender

A two stage tender was implemented on this scheme to keep works moving quickly to meet and stay ahead of the e-commerce forecasts.
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Design & Procurement

Meetings were held with the design team to agree on the various packages for the project.
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Start on Site to Completion

Works started on site with careful management of the packages being implemented, along with any variations, through to completion and the 12 months defects period after that.
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The Outcome

A state of the art flexible sortation hub and new call centre space that maintained all service levels for DHL throughout the build.  Security of the adjacent airport apron was maintained and protected throughout the programme.   The new hub is the UK Gateway to other DHL hubs.