Hinckley Hub 5
The 39-acre site will house DPD’s new £150m state-of-the-art parcel hub. With a footprint of 276,454 sq ft, the hub is set to be the largest domestic parcel hub in Europe. Situated near J1 of the M69, Hub 5, which is the size of 22 football pitches, will be operational in 2022 and will handle 71,000 parcels an hour. Hub 5 is closely located to DPD’s Hub 4, which has previously held the title of largest domestic parcel hub in Europe and which completed its construction in 2015.
As part of the construction of Hinckley Hub 5 and the larger construction, Toppesfield were contracted to deliver footpaths, car parks, access roads, supporting infrastructure, and Section 278 works. The 39-acre site has seen Toppesfield lay over 18,000 tonnes of asphalt, reaching outputs of over 800 tonnes a shift. The infrastructure works consisted of the construction of a new private highway leading to the site, along with the adaptation of the existing road to build a new roundabout junction off the A5.
Priding themselves on a self-delivery model, Toppesfield invests in the latest plant and technology. Toppesfield’s SPF-8 Road Widener enhanced the delivery of the infrastructure works which would traditionally require a hand lay delivery technique. The SPF-8 Road Widener not only reduces labour and plant requirements, the plant allows for a continuous supply of material, eliminating the need for it to be double handled and guaranteeing a more consistent laying temperature. In addition, this method reduces the number of cold joints in the delivery, increasing the structural quality and durability of the pavement.
Results & Achievements
- Fast & Flexible – Adapting schedules to deal with adverse weather, whilst delivering ahead of schedule.
- Collaboration – Working closely with the client, supply chain and other site contractors to effectively and efficiently deliver the project.
“Toppesfield completed this project in a very professional manner. They provided a quality product, in a sensible and practical manner, working fully with the site team to complete the project. They quickly implemented COVID 19 safe work practices to ensure the works could carry on during the national lockdown.”
David Gilbert, Project Manager.
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