Trebor Developments to begin construction at Hortonwood site for new DHL depot  

November 14, 2022

The Telford Land Deal – a pioneering partnership between the Marches LEP, Telford & Wrekin Council and Homes England – is celebrating a new success story. 

Trebor Developments is set to start the construction of a new distribution base in Telford for global logistics giant DPDHL.  

The Hortonwood site has been purchased through the Land Deal to create a 62,284 sq ft (5,786 sq metres) low density development for DHL’s international parcel business operation. 

Formed in 2015, the Telford Land Deal brings forward sites, de-risks them and provides shovel ready sites which are available to develop for employment and residential use. 

So far, the Land Deal has leveraged around £300m in private sector investment, created over 2,000 jobs and over 1,000 new homes. 

Construction at Hortonwood is expected to be completed by summer 2023 which will bring further significant new investment into Telford and underlines DHL’s commitment to the area. 

James Drew, Development Director at Trebor, said: “We are delighted to have agreed another lease agreement with DHL and to be delivering further employment space in Telford.  

“The facility will provide a best in class parcel facility to support DHL’s operations in the region.” 

The deal has created significant local employment opportunities within the construction sector and has also been the driving force behind the creation of higher skilled jobs and new apprenticeships. 

Mandy Thorn MBE, chair of the Marches LEP, said: “This project is another excellent example of how a Telford Land Deal site will be transformed and regenerated to give businesses new state-of-the-art facilities in a prime location like Hortonwood. 

“The Telford Land Deal has been an overwhelming success and offers clear evidence of how partnership working, and the LEP, has helped generate both jobs and investment which benefit our whole economy.” 

Councillor Lee Carter (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, Regeneration and the High Street, said: “DHL is a huge distribution company both nationally and internationally so it’s extremely pleasing to see Trebor Developments construct this new facility which will complement DHL’s Stafford Park depot. 

“Since it was formed, The Telford Land Deal has been instrumental in creating hundreds of new jobs across a variety of sites and transforming areas across the borough. 

“We look forward to Trebor Developments starting construction work and seeing this exciting project take shape which is fantastic news for the area.” 

Richard Bailey, development manager at Homes England: “It is great to see how the Telford Land Deal is enabling this important development to bring new investment into the area and create additional job opportunities.  

“Homes England is delighted to be working in partnership with Telford & Wrekin Council, the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and Trebor Developments.”

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