Gazeley is to build the world’s greenest business and logistics park on a 31-acre site on a former colliery in Staffordshire.
Gazeley UK was confirmed as the preferred developer of the site by Advantage West Midlands and Newcastle-under-Lyme Council after a rigorous selection process that attracted 15 submissions from across the country.
The £50m pioneering project called Blue Planet Chatterley Valley complex will be built so that it does not add to the carbon footprint of the UK and in fact will reduce the amount of carbon generated through a variety of means including its own bio-fuel micro power station, using rape seed oil, which will produce sufficient power and heat for the on-site buildings and a surplus that will provide enough energy to power up to 650 local homes.
Gazeley UK will be using the scheme as a blueprint to roll out future commercial property developments across the world, including those in China, India and Mexico.
Other sustainability credentials of the scheme include thermally efficient buildings with air tightness and thermal insulation 25 per cent better than current building regulations. They will use efficient systems for further energy reduction and this will be achieved with low-energy lighting, maximum use of natural light, under floor heating and a solar panel wall. The development has been split into two plots. Plot A will provide three units capable of offering flexible accommodation from 18,000 sq ft up to 40,000 sq ft. It offers a total development area of 116,000 sq ft. Plot B provides a larger single building with ancillary office accommodation totalling 385,000 sq ft of warehousing.
Construction work is expected to start on the site in 2008, subject to planning permission, with buildings ready for occupation at the beginning of 2009.