Ecommerce warehouse and distribution company Rhenus are planting between 700 and 900 native and orchard trees on its new site, as well as native hedgerows and ornamental and native shrubs, as part of its sustainability efforts.
The new development at Baytree, Nuneaton, will be referred to as the ‘Rhenus Campus’ and features two warehouses, totalling one million square feet – the equivalent of 36 football pitches.
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 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.”
The project will be completed with partners Baytree Logistics Developments and architects Chetwoods, both of which are championing sustainability in logistics building development.