Largest e-commerce sorting centre in the Netherlands
DHL’s new all-electric sorting centre at the De Wildeman business park in Zaltbommel was built by Hercuton on a turn-key basis. It is the largest e-commerce sorting centre in the Netherlands and the largest gas-free (all-electric) sorting centre in the Benelux. The building has the sustainability label BREEAM-Excellent.
DHL has made a well-considered decision to locate at a sustainable business park because it is in line with its ambitious environmental goals. The building is equipped with enough solar panels to be self-sufficient in terms of power, also for charging electric vans and trucks.
It is a turn-key project for Hercuton and the design comes from Denc in Bussum. Jones Lang LaSalle B.V. has mediated between the parties involved.
Over the years, Hercuton has proven to be a reliable and specialist party for projects of this size. Its prefabricated concrete construction concept lends itself perfectly to the realisation of the sorting centre. On the one hand because of the natural properties of concrete: a durable, solid and fire retardant construction material with a high accumulating capacity. On the other hand because of the construction speed. Special about the design are the laminated wooden trusses, which gives the sorting centre a friendly appearance.
The entire permit process has been tested by Seconed through Technical Inspection Services (TIS). Both the municipality and the neighbours cooperated fully in the realisation of this new building. Alderman Looijen, Municipality of Zaltbommel: “We are proud that DHL has chosen Zaltbommel. It means a major boost for regional employment”.
Half a million parcels
The new building has been realised on the business park “De Wildeman” in Zaltbommel on a plot of 90,000 m². The sorting centre will serve as one of the central hubs. Every day, half a million parcels can be processed in Zaltbommel. Every day, around 200 employees will be involved in the process of supply, removal and delivery of parcels. This means employment for a total of around 350 people.
Wouter van Benten, CEO of DHL Parcel Benelux: “DHL’s enormous growth also places a responsibility on sustainability. By investing in sustainable manufacturing, DHL aims to be a forerunner in the energy transition, which includes the reduction of CO2 emissions: “DHL has set itself the target of reducing its CO2 emissions by 50% by 2025 and to operate completely emission-free by 2050. For us in the Netherlands, this means that we want to be the greenest delivery driver”.