Friday, October 11, 2013

News: Parcelforce opens new Rotherham depot

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Royal Mail Group's express parcels business, Parcelforce Worldwide, has opened its new depot in Rotherham.

The UK and International parcel delivery service has taken over the massive distribution unit at the Magna 34 development at Templeborough that has been empty since it was completed by JF Finnegan in 2008.

The new depot is part of a UK-wide £75m expansion programme which is expected to create up to around 115 jobs in Rotherham over the next three years. The Rotherham operation currently employs around 110 people but this is expected to increase to up to around 225 people over the next three years as the number of parcels the company handles increases.

The massive 152,421 sq ft unit now includes a jet wash facility, new ramps and fencing and new access doors and has the capacity to hold up to 141 vehicles and handle up to thirty thousand parcels a day. It is about seven times the floor space of the current site in Parkgate Business Park.

Peter Fuller, operations director for Parcelforce Worldwide, said "We are delighted to be opening a new Parcelforce Worldwide depot in Rotherham as part of our investment to grow our parcels business. The creation of up to around 115 new jobs over the coming three years will enable us handle more parcels while ensuring we continue to provide a very high level of service to our customers in Rotherham and across the UK."

Royal Mail Group remains well positioned to benefit from the expected growth in online retailing in the UK. Parcel volumes in our core UK business grew five per cent on a like-for-like basis last financial year to 1,064 million items.

Parcelforce has taken a 15-year lease and paying around £4 per sq ft. The landlord Jaguar Estates and Loxley Land & Property was advised by Knight Frank and CBRE.

The new depot address is Magna 34, Sheffield Road, Rotherham, S60 1DX.

Parcelforce website

Images: Knight Frank

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