The development will be referred to as the ‘Rhenus Campus’ and feature two warehouses, totalling one million square feet – the equivalent of 36 football pitches.
To encourage biodiversity and enhance existing woodland, Rhenus and Baytree are planting between 700 and 900 native and orchard trees on site, which have been nursery grown, as well as native hedgerows and ornamental and native shrubs.
Upon completion, the ‘Rhenus Campus’ will be certified as “BREEAM Outstanding” and will be designed with reference to the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) Framework Definition for Net Zero Carbon Buildings, with reductions to embodied carbon made throughout the design and construction phases.
There are industry-leading plans for the project to achieve net zero carbon status as defined by the UKGBC Framework Definition, not only through the design and construction phases, but also in operation. The focus of the project team is to achieve net zero carbon in operation, and if possible, without the need for offsetting residual carbon.
Solar panels and air source heat pumps will be installed and the car park will be fitted with electric car charging points, to ensure operations are running on renewable energy wherever possible.
Employees will be able to enjoy spending time planting in on site allotments, with a communal shed and composting bays, playing on two sports pitches and exercising on a walking/cycling trail and outdoor gym. Rhenus will provide a number of paths and accessible seating areas, surrounded by sensory planting.
The site will also be home to a pond, a wildflower grassland and a wildflower meadow, as well as resources for local wildlife. Rhenus and Baytree are currently working with a local timber mill to recycle felled trees.
Kerry Delaney, Regional Managing Director North-West Europe at Rhenus Warehousing Solutions UK, said: “We are extremely committed to supporting biodiversity at Rhenus, and are thrilled to be at the forefront of sustainable logistics. Our ‘Rhenus Campus’ will consist of so much more than just warehouses, setting us apart from other third-party logistics suppliers, and help our clients to meet their own net zero goals.”
Gilles Alvarenga, Thrive Associate at Chetwoods, said: “Maintaining and enhancing the biodiversity of a site should be a primary consideration for everyone operating in the Built Environment. This scheme by Baytree Logistics Properties for Rhenus Warehousing Solutions UK includes extensive green spaces with new hedgerows, a pond wildlife area, and more. These features will ensure the site not only works for the people that inhabit it, but the variety of animals, plants, fungi, and even microorganisms who also call it home.”
Rhenus Warehousing Solutions UK specialises in retail and e-commerce warehousing and distribution, as well as contract management logistics. For more information about Rhenus, visit https://www.rhenus.group/.
Baytree Logistics Properties is a pan-European logistics and industrial development platform. For details on Baytree, go to https://baytree.com/.
To find out more about Chetwoods, visit https://www.chetwoods.com/.