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Schenker opens Heathrow’s newest freight hub

[ October 9, 2012   //   ]

Schenker Limited, the UK arm of DB Schenker Logistics, formally opened its new head­quarters building at London Heathrow on 8 October. The 9,900sq m building, which which will also be the main airfreight hub for the country, is close to Schenker’s previous Heathrow base at the Unitair centre, a building it inherited following its acquisition of Bax Global.

The new building will be a quantum leap in terms of its design and overall environment and will be one of the very few large, dedicated airfreight facilities to open in the Heathrow area in recent years. It showed, said Schenker Limited managing director, Helgi Ingolfsson, “real commitment to London Heathrow”, adding: “The facility is perfectly located for access to all areas of the airport and our 15 year lease.”

Part of the facility is set up as a logistics centre including the aircraft parts business which benefits particularly from rapid access to the airside. It was partly this factor that spurred Schenker to seek premises close to the airport rather than an off-airport location.

Constructed as a ‘green building’, the new Schenker building is designed to achieve 25% lower CO2 emissions and also features low and zero carbon air source heat pumps for office cooling and warehouse under-floor heating.  There is also rainwater harvesting, a heat recovery ventilation system and both passive infrared and photoelectric lighting controls which automatically switch off the lights when they are not needed.

The parking area includes 36 electric charging points, which the company plans to use battery-operated local delivery vans.

Elsewhere in the UK, added UK land development manager, Steve Jones, Schenker is moving logistics activities at its main Midlands hub to a new purpose-built terminal at Tamworth. This will allow Nuneaton to concentrate on Schenker’s air, ocean and land logistics operations, he said.

(L-R) David Whitlock, Development Director Greater London, SEGRO and Alan Holland, Business Unit Director Greater London, SEGRO, Helgi Ingolfsson, CEO, Schenker Limited and Per Holst-Nielsen, CFO, Schenker Limited

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