DHL has been confirmed as the first pre-let for Manchester’s £800m Airport City scheme. The delivery group has signed up to take a 37,000 sq ft building at the new world logistics hub.
Company chief executive Phil Couchman says that DHL’s investment is “reflective of the demand for British-made goods overseas.” He went on to say that the region’s economy is moving from strength to strength, and the new facility will mark a milestone in his company’s growth.
The hub’s location within the Enterprise Zone is also a positive step which will facilitate future opportunities for the company. It will allow DHL to work with small businesses in the region and allow UK companies to get their products shipped to international markets quickly and efficiently.
John Atkins, Manchester Airports Group’s (MAG) property director, also sees the DHL pre-let as a positive move for the local area, as well as the regional economy. He welcomes DHL as a global leader in its field and a well-established international brand.
In October it was announced that the Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) would enter into a joint venture with MAG to develop Airport City.
The development will comprise two sections – a world logistics hub to the south and a business district to the north of the airport.This will will have 1.2 million sq ft of office space, 530,000 sq ft of manufacturing units, and 1,300 hotel beds.
The 15-year project will provide a huge boost to the local economy and is expected to create 16,000 jobs.
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