Asda opens £42m eco-depot

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Asda has opened its £42 million purpose built, eco-friendly depot in Didcot, Oxfordshire, which has been made using timber and reclaimed brick from a previously brownfield site.

The new site provides an additional 250,000 sq ft of space and will replace its existing site three miles away.

The DC uses an underground drainage system which is 100 per cent recyclable, helping to prevent more than 48 tonnes of plastics from being sent to landfill.

It also features movement-detecting lighting systems, energy cladding panels and thermal roof lights, helping to improve energy efficiency at the site by 18 per cent compared to all its existing depots.

Ian Stansfield, head of Asda Distribution said: “This move forms part of our commitment to reduce the amount of carbon our new sites use by ten per cent. We’re hoping that if successful, the new environmental technologies used in Didcot can be implemented elsewhere across Asda’s distribution network.”

The site will house more than 400 staff and double the number of reserve slots. It also has a gym and dedicated health services, including self defence classes.

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