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Steel-framed parcel hub will create 750 jobs

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Caunton Engineering has been awarded the steelwork package by main contractor Winvic Construction for a major DPD (Dynamic Parcel Delivery) parcel hub near Hinckley in Leicestershire.

The new facility will be DPD’s fifth UK hub and will be located two miles from Hub 4, which Winvic and Caunton completed in 2015.

For the new hub, DPD will develop a 39-acre site within a new 82-acre employment park, close to junction 1 of the M69. The building will be 503m long and will be capable of handling 71,000 parcels an hour, increasing DPD’s total overnight parcel sorting capacity by 60%. It is reported that the facility should be operational by October 2020.

DPD CEO Dwain McDonald said: “We have invested hugely in our infrastructure nationwide over the last six years, moving our older depots to brand new, larger and purpose-built facilities or upgrading them to state-of-the-art distribution centres.

“And by 2020 we will have built three of the largest overnight sorting hubs in Europe.

“We already know that the location works brilliantly for us and having the two hubs in such proximity will give us a huge amount of flexibility.”

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