Evri (formerly Hermes UK), the consumer delivery specialist, has today opened its new automated parcel distribution hub, the largest of its kind in Europe which represents a £60 million investment in Barnsley, near Sheffield.
The hub is creating around 1,400 new jobs in the area. Over 800 full time roles have been recruited, including 12 apprentices in partnership with Barnsley College, in addition, 600 temporary and part time roles will be available to support during busy periods for those looking for more flexible employment. Over 80% of operatives have been recruited from the local area. The £60 million development is located in Barnsley, near Sheffield.
The 340,000 square foot facility has the capacity to process up to 1.1 million parcels every day and will increase the company’s overall parcel processing capacity to 4.2 million a day. It is strategically located near the motorway, close to a number of Evri’s retail customers’ distribution sites meaning that later cut off times for collections will be provided.
As part of its ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) commitment Evri has also confirmed that by early 2023, over 50% of the vehicles operating from the site will utilise bio CNG (compressed natural gas) that reduces carbon emissions by over 80% compared to diesel. Other eco initiatives include natural grassed acoustic bunds to absorb the small amounts of noise between the site and residential dwellings, a balancing pond, a biodiversity area and over 25,000 plants, trees and hedgerows that will be planted. The building itself will include solar panels on the roof and a rainwater-harvesting system. Earlier this month, Evri was recognised for its work in this area and won ‘Best Environmental Practice’ at the Green World Awards.