New parcel distribution centre and warehouse for East Devon will create 150 jobs

Work has begun in East Devon building a new parcel distribution centre for international courier service DHL.

The distribution centre and the addition of a planned warehouse are expected to create 150 new jobs in 2022, the developer said.

Construction company Stoford has announced work is underway at Exeter Logistics Park, on the former Hayes Farm, in Clyst Honiton, on a 55,000 square foot building with environmental features, including limiting the number of vehicles designed to be needed on site, solar panels, electric vehicle charging points, a ‘sustainable’ urban drainage system and green roof.

Also included in the new-build is a ‘trim trail’ and outdoor gym areas for staff.

A second unit of around 28,500 sq ft being developed on the site is expected to include ‘flexible warehouse space’, the construction company said.

Paul Hayward, East Devon District Council deputy leader and portfolio holder for economy and assets, said: “This exciting development builds upon the incredible growth of the wider Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone and will create much welcomed employment for the area.

“Additionally, this innovative building design will provide a significant number of environmental benefits which will accord with the aims and objectives of East Devon District Council to be a green, carbon-zero and eco-friendly local authority.

“I look forward to seeing the building in all its glory and send my thanks to all involved for choosing East Devon as the place where they wish to do business.”

Dan Gallagher, Stoford joint managing director, said: “This is an ambitious build programme that recognises the need for Exeter Logistics Park to be developed responsibly, delivering environmental and economic benefits.

“There is huge pent-up demand for logistics and distribution accommodation of this size and quality in the region, which is why we’ve taken the decision to develop speculatively.

“We’re excited by the potential to establish the site as the South West’s leading distribution hub, south of Bristol.”

The second unit, being ‘developed speculatively’ by Stoford, in partnership with Urban Logistics REIT,  is expected to operate as a ‘conventional facility with flexible warehouse space’.

John Barker, development director at investor, Urban Logistics REIT, said: “Because of the lack of supply in this location and the quality of the build, we’re already seeing some early interest.

“This is another deployment of capital into the Exeter market which should be seen as a sign of our confidence in the South West market which we see as an important market for logistics.”

Exeter Logistics Park is part of the second phase of a ‘significant industrial scheme’ on
a 55-acre site, owned by the Church Commissioners for England.

It forms part of the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point economic development zone east of the M5, near Exeter Airport.

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