Work starts on DHL’s 36,000 sq ft depot at business park

Ian Hodges, managing director of the Horncastle Group and Mike Beal, construction director at Hobson and Porter, outside DHL’s new office and warehouse development on Ozone Business Park, Howden.
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Work is underway on a 36, 408 sq ft depot on the remaining plot of land at a Howden business park for parcel giant DHL.

Hull construction company Hobson and Porter has been appointed as the main contractor on the scheme, a bespoke logistics warehouse with a two-storey office building situated on Ozone Business Park, which is being brought forward by East Yorkshire commercial developer the Horncastle Group.

DHL will join a range of big name companies on the site, including TNT, Warburtons, DPD, Timloc and Image Data, strengthening the business park’s reputation as one of the region’s top commercial and logistics hubs.

The parcel company will occupy the last available plot on site, meaning that once the development is completed Ozone Business Park will be completely built out.

Ian Hodges, managing director of the Horncastle Group, said: “It is our policy, wherever possible, to employ local contractors because we believe this helps create a stronger local economy.

“Hobson and Porter have worked on other schemes at Ozone Business Park and always delivered a first-class job.

“DHL will be a fantastic addition to the park and to Howden and the surrounding area. Work has just commenced and is forecast to be completed by the late August.”

Hodges added it was an “defining moment” to be commissioning the final build on Ozone Business Park.

He said: “We have been working on the park for a number or years now and have attracted some fantastic companies, which is testament to the location and layout of the park and the development of Goole and Howden as a key employment hub in East Yorkshire.”

Mike Beal, construction director at Hobson and Porter, added: “We have a long history of working on Ozone Business Park so being appointed to carry out the final build is an honour for us.
“Ozone is strategically positioned to ensure DHL have great access to the motorway network and the building will be built to the highest general and environmental standards, so we’re sure they will have continued success there.”

Ozone Business Park is a 32-acre site based on the A614 and is part of the Goole/Howden employment hub.

DHL will take a lease on the property, which will serve as a parcel distribution depot for East Yorkshire and surrounding areas.