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DB Schenker breaks ground on London facility

By control on February 2, 2012

European developer Segro has begun construction on DB Schenker’s new, 9,900-square-meter logistics facility at London’s Heathrow airport. The facility, which is designed to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent, is slated for completion in mid-2012.

According to a press release, the logistics center will have low- and zero-carbon air source heat pumps that will serve a duel purpose: cooling the office while providing under-floor heating for the warehouse. Schenker’s facility will also feature a heat-recovery ventilation system, both passive-infrared and photoelectric lighting controls, and rainwater harvesting.

Such measures are intended to help the facility achieve a BRE Environmental Assessment Method rating of “very good,” according to the press release.

“We will be working in a building [that] has been designed to meet our needs both now and in the future and in an ergonomically sustainable way, which will ensure maximum productivity at all times,” Per Holst-Nielsen, managing director of Schenker Ltd., said in a statement.

Holst-Nielsen projects that this center will also boost Schenker’s freight volumes in the UK. “The move to this new facility will be a great stride forward for our whole Heathrow team, and I believe it inspires confidence about the future growth of the UK operation,” he stated.

Alan Holland, Segro’s joint ventures director, echoes Holst-Nielsen’s remarks, stating that London is the ideal setting for such a facility. “The high cargo volumes handled at Heathrow during 2011 have contributed to good demand for well-located space on and around the airport, particularly for site and properties that can offer immediate air-side access,” Holland said.

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