On its completion in 2009 this pioneering sustainable logistics building exceeded the Government Criteria Change Bill targets for 2020 and 2050. The development has won numerous national and regional sustainability awards and the 2009 LEAF Best Sustainable Development Award.
All materials were chosen for their sustainable properties in quality, durability and recycling potential and the development features environmental innovations ranging from a Biomass power station to the use of kinetic energy plates throughout the building’s infrastructure.
The building provides 100% energy and heat from renewable sources, saving 49% on heat and power, 68% on heating, and 68% on water, to provide an overall energy cost in use saving of £300,000 per annum.
This sustainable logistics scheme is an example of a holistic approach to environmental design in addressing the social (green corridor and ecology park), environmental (carbon positive creation of energy for general consumption), and economic (savings in cost in use) facets of sustainable design.