Global logistics company, DSV, has launched its new South African headquarters, DSV Park Gauteng, Africa’s largest integrated logistics centre big enough to house 302 Olympic sized swimming pools.
Situated on a piece of land sized 390 286m2 near OR Tambo International Airport, the complex houses a logistics warehouse of 79 000m2, a cross-dock facility of 41 000m2 and office space of 10 000m2. DSV’s divisions of Air and Sea, Road, Solutions as well as the Shared Services function will be operating from the new logistics centre while other specific units such as Healthcare and parts of Mounties and Solutions, will continue from their current specialised facilities.
“With DSV Park Gauteng, DSV has developed a large-scale modern logistics centre which captures the essence of our consolidation strategy to create larger and more efficient facilities, enabling us to have many of our business units together under one single roof” commented Brian Almind Winther, EVP and Head of Group Property, DSV.
“We have packed the new DSV facility with solutions such as an innovative sorter that can handle 13 000 packages every single hour. Throughout the whole building process, we have also utilised our global experience to construct buildings where sustainability and resource optimisation have been fundamental in all processes”.
Innovation, sustainability, and employee safety were key to the design of the buildings with the implementation of biometrics, solar power, translucent roof sheeting, recycling stations, LED motion lighting, boreholes, and water filtration systems to ensure that the facility is aligned to the company’s global strategy of sustainable operations.
The wellbeing of DSV’s employees was also an important consideration with features including the DSV Active Wellness hub and a high-tech gym, a canteen (which caters for all dietary requirements and offers take-home meals), a coffee shop, stylish meeting pods, phone booths, and other private break-away areas and relaxing outside break-out areas surrounded by gardens and water features.
DSV is also building a consolidating centre in the Western Cape called DSV Park Cape Town which will be located near Cape Town International Airport and close to the harbour, industrial, and commercial hubs.