Next Regional Distribution Centre

Sustainability, Energy, BREEAM, Utilities

Client: Next Plc and Trinity Hall

Location: Waltham Abbey

Envision has provided sustainability, energy and utilities advice for Next Plc for a new 80,000 m2 distribution warehouse in Waltham Abbey. The scheme is planned to also deliver a further 22,000 square metres of employment floor space in a later phase of development.

Sustainability is a key aspect of the project and Envision helped to develop a robust sustainability plan for the site. Working with Next PLC and their design team, Envision prepared an energy assessment of the proposals and advised on possible sustainability opportunities for the site and buildings.

Sustainability Features of the proposed Next Regional Distribution Warehouse

A package of measures are proposed for the site. Some of the key sustainability benefits are:

  • The incorporation of a range of sustainable transport initiatives and travel planning measures, including the creation of improved links between the site and Waltham Abbey.
  • The development will achieve a 34% reduction in CO2 from Building Regulations via on site measures.
  • In addition to this, Next PLC is proposing to incorporate a circa 999 kWp PV array on the roof of the warehouse, which has the potential to generate 750,000 kWh annum and offer a total CO2 saving of 400 tonnes per annum.
  • A 30% improvement over baseline water consumption for a building of its type.
  • Incorporation of various new ecological habitats, including native landscaping, a wildlife meadow and bird and bat boxes. Where possible existing hedgerows and trees have been retained and protected.
  • The construction proposes the use of low impact materials, including BRE ‘A’ rated materials for roof and walls.
  • The site will incorporates sustainable drainage features with the aim to prevent flooding on site in a 1:100 year event plus an increased allowance for climate change
  • Targets will be set for waste reduction by adopting a resource efficiency plan.

The project is an example of how Envision provides multi-disciplinary engineering and environmental advice for complex projects in the green belt.


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