Turn-key new sorting center
The new all-electric sorting center of DHL on business park De Wildeman in Zaltbommel has been built turn-key by Hercuton. It concerns the largest e-commerce sorting center of the Netherlands and the largest sorting center of the Benelux that is completely gasless (all-electric). The building has the sustainability label BREEAM-Excellent.
DHL has deliberately chosen to locate in a sustainable business park because this is in line with its ambitious environmental targets. The building is equipped with sufficient solar panels to be self-sufficient in power, also for charging electric delivery vans and trucks.
This is a turnkey project for Hercuton and the design is by Denc from Bussum. Jones Lang LaSalle B.V. has mediated between the parties involved. Ivo van der Mark, General Manager of Hercuton: “We are delighted that DHL has awarded us the contract. Also in this new building we can do what we are strong in: facilitating clients from the initiative phase. Through our land database Grondmaps.com we have been able to provide for this location.”
Hercuton has proven over the years to be a reliable and specialist party for projects of this scale. Its precast concrete construction concept lends itself perfectly to the realization of the sorting center. 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 to the design are the laminated wooden trusses that give the sorting center a friendly appearance.
The entire permit process was reviewed by Seconed through Technical Inspection Services (TIS). Both the municipality and the neighbors have given their full cooperation in the realization of this new building. Alderman Looijen, Municipality of Zaltbommel: “We are proud that DHL has chosen Zaltbommel. It means a substantial boost for regional employment”.
Half a million packages
The new building has been realized at business park “De Wildeman” in Zaltbommel on a plot of 90,000 m². The sorting center will serve as one of the central hubs. Half a million parcels can be processed daily in Zaltbommel. The first parcels can be sorted in the autumn of 2019. Around 200 employees will be involved in the process of supplying, removing and delivering parcels every day. That means employment for a total of around 350 people.
Wouter van Benten, ceo of DHL Parcel Benelux: “The enormous growth of DHL also places a responsibility on sustainability.” With investments in sustainable means of production, DHL wants to be a forerunner in the energy transition, which is aimed at reducing CO2 emissions, among other things: “DHL has set itself the target of reducing its CO2 emissions by 50% by 2025 and even operating completely emission-free by 2050. For us in the Netherlands, that means we want to be the greenest delivery company.”