Huyton depot design (1)

Parcel carrier Yodel is opening a new 161,900 sq ft depot in Huyton, near Liverpool, after seeing record growth last year.

Announcing the move, Yodel said this latest investment is part of plans to continue expanding nationwide operations, with the business expecting to handle over 200 million parcels in 2022.

As well as looking to build on its parcel capacity, Yodel is also targeting growth in the delicate and irregular shaped parcels sector by installing the Merlin dedicated sortation system at its centres in Wednesbury and Shaw.

The Huyton depot, at Tritax Symmetry Park in Merseyside, is set to open ahead of summer 2023.

The facility is being built by GMI Construction Group to a Net Zero Carbon standard and is on target to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

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Mike Hancox, Yodel chief executive officer, said: “This is a very exciting period for Yodel and the new depot in Huyton is an important step in expanding the business, ensuring that we can be more dynamic and fit for purpose.

“We are happy to be bringing employment to the Merseyside area and are looking forward to welcoming new colleagues into the team.

Lee Charnley, development consultant for Tritax Symmetry, commented: “This letting to Yodel is the successful result of a huge, collaborative effort from both the public and private sector.

“Working closely with Knowsley Council and securing funding from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has enabled us to bring this disused site back into use and generate further investment and jobs for the area.

“In terms of the wider activity at Symmetry Park, Merseyside, a reserved matters application has been submitted for approximately 350,000 sq ft across two units which we’ll be looking to deliver on site next year, focusing primarily on the spec unit of 230,000 sq ft.”