More than 120 new jobs are expected to be created when the construction of Washington’s brand new DPD hub is completed next year.
Commercial property specialists Buccleuch Property and Argon Properties have begun development of a brand new 60,000 sq. ft. storage and distribution unit for the parcel delivery giant at their Velocity site near Armstrong Industrial Estate.
The new facility, which will sit on a 10-acre brownfield site – the former home of RCA Records – is set to address what chiefs describe as shortage of bespoke warehouse and distribution space in the region.
It represents a £16m investment in the area and is expected to create 125 jobs for DPD.
“This is a great example of positive reuse of a brownfield site to create significant investment and new jobs,” said Neil Finnie, Director at Buccleuch Property.
“We look forward to working with DPD to create a state of the art distribution centre.”
Louise Ferguson, General Manager for DPD, added: “This site in Tyne and Wear represents significant additional investment in our network which is made up of 84 depots throughout the UK.
“This additional depot will ensure we are able to continue to provide the best possible delivery service to customers living in the area following the continued growth in demand for our services and of course also brings much needed jobs to the area.”
Contractor Parkway Construction has begun work on site with completion due in early 2022.