DB Schenker invests in new 14-acre Kildare site with plans for logistics facility
Latest project will be the fourth significant investment the company has made in Ireland in the past six years
29 June 2021 | 0
DB Schenker, one of the world’s leading global logistics providers, has completed the purchase of 14.2 acres of land at Liffey Business Campus, formerly known as Hewlett Packard Campus, in Co. Kildare.
Designed and delivered by DB Schenker to support the continuing growth of its customers in the technology and healthcare markets, plans for the site which will comprise 219,000 sq. ft. include, a 200,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art high-bay warehouse and 19,000 sq. ft. of Grade A offices, with room for a further 50,000 sq. ft. for expansion in the future to meet growing customer needs.
According to the company, sustainability is key within decision-making for this new site, and DB Schenker is targeting LEED Silver certification. The site will have 20 EV charging points, a bicycle park, LED lighting throughout, solar panels to provide renewable power, with a high emphasis on employee wellness inside the feature grade A office block.
Technology is also central to DB Schenker’s expansion plans, and this facility will include the first AutoStore system in Ireland, an automated storage and retrieval system that is the market leader in storage density.
“This latest project will be the fourth significant investment the company has made in Ireland in the past six years and confirms the demand DB Schenker continues to see in Ireland from its expanding customer base for value-add outsourced logistics services,” said Ray Hennessy, CEO, DB Schenker UK & Ireland.
He added that DB Schenker now employs nearly 550 people in Ireland, a number which will grow to over 600 with this announcement.
Leading Dublin-based commercial real estate advisors CBRE have been appointed by DB Schenker as project manager for this new site, which has secured full planning consent from Kildare County Council. Construction is due to commence beginning of August 2021 with practical completion September 2022.
DB Schenker currently has six locations in Ireland – two in Shannon, one in Cork at Harbour Point, and three in Dublin – Swords, Furry Park and Ballycoolin.