GLS starts building new site in Essen
- Total investment of approx. €16 million
- Depot to also serve as a European hub
- Capacity of up to 60,000 parcels a day following the first construction phase
- Potential to expand capacity to up to 200,000 parcels a day
- Approx. 165 new jobs in the region
Neuenstein, 18 June 2019. One of the largest GLS Germany sites is being built in Essen, with the groundbreaking ceremony held today. The depot is scheduled to open in summer 2020.
The first construction phase will result in a trans-shipment area of approx. 8,500 square metres with more than 160 gates for loading/unloading and delivering parcels. At the depot, GLS will be able to handle up to 60,000 parcels a day, with this figure set to rise to up to 200,000 parcels a day following a subsequent expansion phase.
“The Essen site will be a key pillar in terms of the required capacity expansion in both the Ruhr Valley and Germany as a whole,” explains Martin Seidenberg, Chairman of the GLS Germany Management Board. “The site will also serve as a European hub, particularly for parcel flows between Germany and Benelux. The facility will allow us to maintain high national and international quality standards as well as fast delivery times.”
GLS is focusing closely on sustainability, as well as on the preservation of local biodiversity. In addition to LED lamps and a rainwater harvesting system, the new GLS facility will include an ample charging infrastructure, both for electric delivery vehicles and the electric cars of staff and visitors. A photovoltaic system on the roof of the hall is also planned in the future.
The rainwater harvesting system not only reduces water consumption at the depot. It will also be used for watering the large biotopes created on the grounds by GLS for species conservation. On an area measuring 4,000 square metres, three ponds and a range of land habitats are being created for various species of newts and toads. They are protected from the operating areas by means of passage barriers.
A two-storey office building, spanning 850 square metres, is being built for commercial activities. Lorry drivers and delivery drivers have their own common rooms. GLS is investing roughly €16 million and creating approximately 165 jobs in Essen.
The depot is being built on a site measuring some 53,000 square metres at the Econovia industrial and trading estate in the Bergeborbeck district of Essen. The site is well connected to the GLS network via the A42 and A40 motorways and is within easy reach of its delivery area, which extends from Gladbeck to Mühlheim an der Ruhr and from Duisburg to Bochum.