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Schenker Limited, the UK arm of DB Schenker Logistics, formally opened its new headquarters at London Heathrow on 8 October. The 9,900sq m building, which which will also be the main airfreight hub for the country, is close to Schenker’s previous Heathrow base at the Unitair centre, a building it inherited following its acquisition of Bax Global. The new building will be a

quantum leap in terms of its design and overall environment and will be one of the very few large, dedicated airfreight facilities to open in the Heathrow area in recent years. It showed, said Schenker Limited managing director, Helgi Ingolfsson, “real commitment to London Heathrow”, adding: “The facility is perfectly located for access to all areas of the airport and our 15 year lease.” Part of the facility is set up as

a logistics centre including the aircraſt parts business which benefits particularly from rapid access to the airside. It was partly this factor that spurred Schenker not to seek an off-airport location.

It has been built on the site of the former Gate Gourmet facilities and indeed much of the bricks and concrete from the airline caterer’s old building has been reused in the new one. Constructed as a ‘green building’,

Schenker aims to achieve 25% lower CO2 emissions and it also features low and zero carbon air source heat pumps for office comfort cooling and warehouse under-floor heating. There is also rainwater harvesting, a heat recovery ventilation system and both passive infrared and photoelectric lighting controls which automatically switch off the lights when they are not needed. The parking area includes 36

electric charging points, which the company plans to use for battery- operated local delivery vans. Elsewhere in the UK, said UK

land development manager, Steve Jones, Schenker is moving logistics activities at its main Midlands hub to a new purpose-built terminal at Tamworth, the contract for which has just been signed. This will allow Nuneaton to concentrate

Schenker’s new HQ will be a quantum leap

on Schenker’s air, ocean and land logistics operations, he said. The 5,200 sq m building is

located just off J10 of the M42 and will be available for shared-user customers by the end of the year. UK contract logistics director,

Jochen Johann, said: “Investment in the Midlands Logistics Centre at Tamworth shows our intention to further broaden our service offering and grow our share in the UK contract

logistics market. It represents the expansion of our

strategy to share best practice with our customers, our logistics colleagues worldwide and our freight-forwarding


to offer excellence in contract logistics solutions in the UK.” Schenker is a partner in the Pall-

Ex pallet network, providing links to and from continental Europe for the rest of the network. Schenker

also recently won

a three year contract to handle Hampshire-based Stannah Stairliſts airfreight business. The forwarder

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Schenker opens Heathrow’s newest hub

gained a two year European land transport contract with the stairliſt design company 12 months ago. Other Schenker facilities in the

UK include offices at Glasgow, Manchester airport and Trafford Park and Newcastle. Schenker UK has

introduced six more young people to its National Apprenticeship programme following the success of the first two groups. The company also has a vacancy for one more in


Basildon. The new group will be based from a variety of locations up and down the UK and will undertake a 30 month long apprenticeship with the global logistics provider, aſter which they will receive an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration and an NVQ Level 3 in Customer Service. Each will be assigned a ‘buddy’ to oversee their workplace well- being and who will also act as their own point of contact within the company.

Horse-break hotel

Airline handling company Aviapartner and specialist broker ECS Livestock have signed a joint venture to set up a ‘horse hotel’ at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. The new facility, with 24 stalls, has direct ramp access and will make for much more comfortable conditions for racehorses and polo ponies while they await veterinary and customs clearance. The Netherlands gateway had

been losing equine business to Frankfurt, Luxembourg and Liege, said ECS Livestock director, Edwin Hofstede. Aviapartner country manager

Erik de Goeij added that he hoped to handle around 1,000 horses in the first year but hoped that the number would rise still further. The horse hotel will have

trained staff and a vet on call 24 hours a day.

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