Published: 13:38, 27 January 2022
| Updated: 13:40, 27 January 2022
Work has started to deliver a new logistics centre for DHL at Panattoni Park in Aylesford - the former Aylesford Newsprint site.
The first steel frames have been erected on the DHL building after the groundworks were completed.
It marks the start of construction on the 90-acre site which has planning permission for 1.9m sq ft of high-quality logistics and distribution space.
The leader of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, Cllr Matt Boughton, joined the team from industrial developer Panattoni, to witness the historic moment.
He said: “I’m pleased to be here to see the first steps in the construction of what will be a flagship industrial development for the borough. It’s great news for local jobs and I look forward to following the development’s progress and welcoming DHL and other companies to Aylesford.”
The 110,406 sq ft building, which has been designed to meet DHL’s specific needs, includes 12 dock doors for HGVs, plus level access for vans on a six-acre plot on the site near Junction 4 of the M20.
The building will utilise air source heat pumps, photovoltaic panels, roof lighting and energy efficient building materials.
Panattoni's development director Tony Watkins said: "It’s very exciting to see the start of work on DHL’s building and it’s great to show Cllr Boughton the progress we’ve already made on our journey to create a new base for 3,000 workers and the industry leading firms in logistics and distribution.”
DHL will be the first tenant at Panattoni Park and has signed a 15-year lease. Its building, located at the junction of Bellingham Way and Station Road, is scheduled for completion in July 2022.
Information on Panattoni Park Aylesford can be found here.