Parcel company Evri, formerly known as Hermes UK, is opening a new distribution depot near Gatwick airport.

The new 81,671sq ft facility, located at Manor Royal, will almost double the size of the existing depot, and will be operational later this year.

The distribution depot will be able to handle more than 200,000 parcels each day - twice as many as its previous site in the area - with the capability to operate around the clock, if required, Evri said.

The new facility forms part of the ongoing investment programme by Evri to expand its capacity to meet what the company describes as “the huge demand” created by online shopping, triggered by the pandemic.

The new depot comes complete with EV charging, to service its electric vehicle ParcelShop fleet, LED lighting on sensors throughout, rainwater harvesting, low-carbon heating, solar panels and is built to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certified specifications.

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Steve Appleton, Evri depot general manager, said: “We are all very excited here in Gatwick to be moving into our new home.

“It shows the faith the business has in Team Gatwick to deliver a world-class service from this world-class facility.”

Egor Shestakov, director at property investment firm Sixpenny Group, said: “It has been fantastic to work with Evri on this project and we were privileged to assist their expansion and continued growth in the UK.

“Covid created many obstacles during the development but we were committed to our partners and made sure we did everything we could to secure their new site.

“Along with our development partners Arcus-PCD, the team have produced a best-in-class warehouse in the heart of Manor Royal.”