The warehouse, operated by Rhenus Warehousing Solutions UK and built by developer Baytree Logistics Developments, has been officially opened on the major new, sustainable development at Baytree, Nuneaton.
The “BREEAM Outstanding” certified building will set new standards for environmental protection and eco-friendly logistics, putting Rhenus at the forefront of the industry.
The development, known as the ‘Rhenus Campus’, will be home to two warehouses, measuring one million square feet situated on 64 acres and fitting perfectly into its environmentally-friendly location. The first warehouse totals 210,000 square feet, the second warehouse, which had its roof installed in March 2023, is 771,000 square feet.
The ‘Rhenus Campus’ achieves significant reductions in whole life carbon, designed with reference to the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) Framework Definition for Net Zero Carbon Buildings, ensuring the logistics specialist is able to support customers with achieving their own net zero goals. The site also features extensive green spaces, a pond, a wildflower grassland and a meadow planting, helping Rhenus to champion sustainability and stand out from other third-party logistics suppliers.
Renewable energy will be generated on-site, with solar panels and air source heat pumps, and electric car charging points are being installed. Bat and bird boxes, hedgehog homes and habitat boards made from recycled timber complete the sustainability features that are being introduced at the site, with Rhenus and Baytree also planting between 700 and 900 native and orchard trees.
Now it’s fully functioning, the first warehouse will help Rhenus Warehousing Solutions UK achieve its goals of reducing direct carbon emissions by 60 percent by 2030 and net zero carbon emissions by 2045.
Kerry Delaney, regional director North-West Europe at Rhenus Warehousing Solutions UK, said: “We are very proud to have cut the ribbon at our first warehouse, and are looking forward to providing our innovative warehousing solutions from this state-of-the-art facility. With the ‘Rhenus Campus’, we are reaching the highest level of sustainability in warehousing by creating a site that’s environmentally diverse. We can’t wait for the second warehouse to be completed later this year, and to service many more of our longstanding and new customers.”
Amit Babbar, UK development director at Baytree, added: “We are very pleased to have reached another critical milestone on the project with our partners Rhenus achieving practical completion of Unit 1. We are committed to providing best in class logistics facilities for our customers, with particular focus on environmental and social benefits, we are proud that this building will support Rhenus in their goal of reducing negative environmental impacts and creating significantly enhanced social value.”
Rhenus Warehousing Solutions UK specialises in retail, wholesale and ecommerce warehousing and distribution, as well as contract management logistics. It offers its customers a personalised service and prides itself on building strong relationships.
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