Prologis Park Dunstable, Boscombe Road is regenerating an urban brownfield site and bringing new employment opportunities to Dunstable. DC1, the first building on the site, is a distribution centre that has been constructed speculatively by Prologis. The 28,808m2 building, which has the potential to generate around 550 jobs, is also owned by Prologis.
The building includes the following:
The building has 28 dock levellers along one side of the warehouse unit, managed by a purpose built goods in/out office.
In line with the company’s global commitment to sustainability, all new Prologis buildings in the UK are designed and constructed to be environmentally sustainable.
BREEAM certification is a key metric that Prologis uses for measuring the environmental performance of its developments and was a requirement from the start of the development. Along with BREEAM certification, the other metrics that Prologis uses are:
The DC1 development shows that a highly sustainable building can be delivered without significant additional cost. The building’s low demand for regulated energy will allow occupiers to reduce their occupational costs and their carbon footprint. Further, the embodied carbon mitigation process has helped to protect 244 acres of rainforest in Peru through support for the Cool Earth charity.
DC1 was designed to go ‘beyond compliance’ in all areas, achieving significant improvements over Building Regulations in terms of energy efficiency. The building was designed to include passive measures that will reduce the demand for energy. These include:
The design team also looked for ways of incorporating viable low or zero carbon technologies into the building. These include:
Finally, the project team has worked hard to deliver the development in a sustainable manner, achieving the following highlights:
The project scored well across the board, but particularly in:
The building is an excellent example of Prologis’ current specification for all new developments in the UK. The additional low or zero carbon technology features at DC1 can be replicated for future buildings at little additional cost.
The success of the DC1 project demonstrates the value of a stable supply chain and a strong project team. Prologis selected Winvic as the main contractor because of its proven competency, track record and technical capability. Winvic’s proposals for the management of the ground conditions, including an innovative (noise reducing) approach to the demolition of the existing concrete floor slabs and hard standing, was key to the environmental outcome of the project.
Looking ahead, the building will be easy for the tenant to operate and manage. The Trend Building Management System provides information on the rainwater harvesting, hot and cold water systems, heating system, gas, lighting and electricity.
Martin Cooper, Director Project Management at Prologis UK, said: “DC1 Prologis Park Dunstable is a great example of the sustainable distribution buildings that we can provide for customers in the UK. With this building we have cut carbon emissions by 45% in comparison to the 2011 Building Regulations offering the customer a similar level of energy cost savings. We have achieved this by following our established sustainability strategy, which is based on three key metrics - BREEAM certification, reduction of operational CO2 emissions and embodied carbon mitigation. BREEAM certification is a key component of this strategy, providing an externally benchmarked, understandable and transparent overview of the development process and the building’s sustainable features.”
This project shows that high quality sustainable buildings can be delivered without significant additional cost when developers, designers, contractors and specialist suppliers work together toward clear and mutually beneficial sustainability goals, which were established at the outset.
The building, which has been constructed on a brownfield site, has been welcomed as an important part of Central Bedfordshire Council’s overall plan to regenerate Dunstable and has the potential to bring around 550 jobs to the town. From the outset of the project Prologis engaged with the Council and with local residents to ensure that the proposed buildings were delivered in an environmentally sensitive manner, which minimised construction and long term operational impacts. This engagement influenced: the layout of Prologis Park Dunstable to minimise noise breakout; the overall building height; colour treatment of the building’s roof and cladding to minimise visual impact; and the landscape design of screening bunding on the eastern boundary to minimise visual impact whilst incorporating residents’ feedback.
Occupiers will enjoy reduced energy costs and associated emissions throughout the life of the building and as a result of the Planet Mark certification programme Prologis has helped to protect 244 acres of rainforest, mitigating the immediate environmental impacts of the development.
For more information please visit: www.prologisdunstable.co.uk