This building occupies the first plot to be developed on the 640-acre, Central Park warehouse and distribution estate at Severnside near Bristol. It is owned by Portland Estates Ltd, and occupied by CHEP UK Ltd a global leader in pallet and container pooling services.
Obtaining a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating for the development was required by CHEP as part of the company’s sustainability and marketing initiatives. It is also linked to future funding for the estate and, being the first building, it sets a benchmark for future developments to meet.
The eight-acre development comprises large external pallet storage areas and a main warehouse unit with and attached two-storey office building. The primary function of the warehouse is the processing and repair of pallets. Car parking with designated disabled parking is provided for both staff and visitors.
The key features of the building include:
The buildings performed well in the Energy, Management and Waste categories – for example achieving the full available credits for the waste management plan, sourcing of aggregates and the operational waste of the building.
With regards to all other categories and credits the development, maximised on areas that were applicable to the development and strived to meet the criteria. A good example of this was the Water credits achieved through the provision of the rainwater harvesting tank being used for the building’s flushing demand.
The building’s services engineering systems were designed to exceed building regulations’ target emissions, and to achieve compliance with BREEAM ‘Very Good’. The systems used include:
‘The main reasons for targeting a BREEAM rating were to reduce energy consumption – and therefore running costs – and to help to raise awareness in the local area. It also helped with securing funding and will be a useful marketing tool for future developments.
‘This was our first BREEAM 2011 assessment and the assessor made us feel very comfortable with his knowledge and expertise. The tenant is very impressed that this development is the first to achieve the BREEAM 2011 certification, and I feel that a lot of this success was down to how the design team, contractor and BREEAM assessor performed as a collective.’
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