Coventry Parcelforce Local Depot was part of a nationwide, year-long strategy to provide ten new depots across the country. The parcels sector of Royal Mail is the largest growing sector, fuelled by the boom in internet shopping.
The Coventry Hub was converted from an existing industrial unit and includes under-the-roof parking, a mechanised parcel transportation system and ancillary accommodation.
The parcel sector at Royal Mail is the fastest growing area of the business. To cope with the recent expansion, ten depots have been created at Basingstoke, Beckton, Coventry, Crayford, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newport, Norwich, and Rotherham.
The ten depots were all conversions of existing buildings. This solution was required due to the severe time constraints imposed upon the projects in order to meet the Christmas busy period.
Coventry Local Depot involved the conversion of an existing industrial unit to satisfy the requirements for under-the-roof vehicle parking and mechanised parcel movement equipment. We worked closely with the Royal Mail operations team to produce building layouts that were operationally efficient and maintained staff safety.
Watson Batty was the design team leader from the initial feasibility design right through to the completion of all ten sites in the strategy becoming operational. All the projects were completed in under a year from feasibility to the units operating in order to meet the Christmas 2013 rush.
The project won the Silver Considerate Constructors Scheme 2014 National Site Award. The award recognises the consideration of the site made to the public, staff and the local environment.