Hermes UK, the leading consumer delivery company, has announced it is to open a new depot in Nottingham; creating over 100 new jobs in the area. It forms part of the company’s commitment to continuing to invest in its infrastructure to ensure it is able to continue to support the growth of online shopping.

Ideally located just off junction 26 of the M1, the 75,719 sq ft building is expected to process more than 100,000 parcels daily in its first year and has the capacity to process up to 120,000 a day. It is due to open on 1st June 2020, one month early, in order to support the increased volumes resulting from lockdown and will operate in line with the company’s strict Covid 19 operating measures.

To provide further capacity during the pandemic Hermes is also to open a new, dedicated returns centre at its site in Rugby which can process in the region of 120k parcels per day and is also investing in upgrading its facility in Nuneaton which is normally only used during the peak Christmas season.

Jon Ormond, Operations Director – Hubs & Depots at Hermes, said: “During these unprecedented times we are seeing a new wave of adoption of online shopping as it becomes the core route for people to get their essentials and also send parcels as a way of connecting with their loved ones. This has generated an increase in parcel volumes and a demand for additional capacity and it is therefore imperative that we continue to make the right strategic investments in the right locations. This will also create new jobs and provide economic stimulation to these regions as the UK faces challenging economic times.”

Simon Jenkins, Development Director at Panattoni commented: “We were pleased to work with Hermes to complete this transaction at Panattoni Park Nottingham. Hermes’ outline requirement was for a building of this size in this location. We were able to work with their team to adapt the building, which we had developed on a speculative basis, to suit their exact needs. The additional works required providing further yard space with four more level access doors on the end elevation of the building to meet Hermes requirements.”