Construction of £12m distribution centre at Emersons Green on target

Left-right - Alex Morgan, Stoford; John Meehan, Midas; and Louise Ferguson, DPD, at DPD's new site at Vertex Park, Jenner Boulevard, Emersons Green, Bristol. ©Simon Galloway 2016.

Construction of a £12 million distribution centre in South Gloucestershire for parcel delivery company DPD is making good progress, leading commercial property developer Stoford has announced.

The steel frame and roof have been completed at the new 68,792 sq ft unit at Vertex Park, Emersons Green. Contractor Midas Group is leading the construction project.

Once completed, the new centre will include a distribution facility, offices and customer pick-up point. It is set to create over 100 new jobs.

The decision to open a new distribution centre near Bristol follows a period of unprecedented growth in the UK for DPD, thanks largely to the success of its unique Predict service. Predict notifies customers of their one-hour delivery slot in advance, so that they don’t have to wait in all day for a parcel.

The new DPD distribution centre, which is designed to achieve BREEAM ‘very good’ standard, is the second project Stoford has worked on at Vertex Park. In December, Stoford completed a new £10 million development for ALD Automotive.

Stoford director Alex Morgan said: “It’s great to see the development at Vertex Park making very good progress and we are on course to reach practical completion in June. DPD has built a strong delivery network right across the country and this will be further enhanced with its expansion into the South West. Vertex Park is a prime location – adjacent to the M4 motorway, it provides not only excellent transport links but also a strong recruitment pool.”

Louise Ferguson, of DPD, said: “Vertex Park is part of a major infrastructure investment programme for DPD in 2017.  Our rapid growth in recent years means that up and down the country we are expanding our operation. Purpose-built distribution centres such as this give us a huge advantage over our competitors. It will be a state-of-the-art facility, in a great location, with room for us to continue growing. I’m really pleased with the progress to date and plans are already well advanced for our team to get on site and start preparing for the first parcels later this year.”