Gazeley wins award for G.Park Blue Planet

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Gazeley and architects Chetwoods have been awarded the Best Sustainable Development prize at the 2009 LEAF Awards for their speculative development at G.Park Blue Planet, Chatterley Valley.
The site is the first recipient of a BREEAM “outstanding” design stage rating.
The LEAF Awards aims to honour architects designing buildings that are setting the benchmark for the international architectural community.
Jonathan Fenton-Jones, director of sustainability and global procurement at Gazeley, said: “We believe we have created an industry blue print for cutting-edge developments with G.Park Blue Planet.
“Winning such a prestigious award is testament to our business commitment to delivering sustainable logistics buildings for our customers.  We have long standing relationships with the partners that have worked with us to deliver the first BREEAM ‘outstanding’ rated development.”
G.Park Blue Planet at Chatterley Valley is a 35,500 sq m development located on a former colliery site.
It features the UK’s first carbon positive logistics development, with its own biomass micro power station, and all of the energy and heat are to be supplied from renewable sources.
This has helped it exceed the UK government’s Climate Change Act targets for both 2020 and 2050 in 2009.
Practice principal, Laurie Chetwood, added: “We are delighted to win this award, as we believe G.Park Blue Planet really gives something back to both the environment and community.
“The project provides a truly sustainable solution for this commercially sensitive building type. Our design addresses all areas of sustainability, including the social and community aspects, and incorporates the latest environmental techniques and technologies.”

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