Rhenus Logistics zeros in on zero carbon

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3PL Rhenus Warehousing Solutions Lutterworth has broken ground on its 1 million ft2 state of the art logistics campus, in Nuneaton, West Midlands which it says will support its clients to achieve carbon net zero supply chains.

The two-unit campus will be built to the highest environmental and sustainability levels with the buildings themselves featuring the very latest digital technology, and upon completion the development will be certified BREEAM Outstanding.

Solar panels will be installed on the roof to provide solar energy, ground and air-source heat pumps will ensure the development is climate positive, and the car park will be equipped with electric car charging points.

The scheme will encourage biodiversity with the planting of numerous trees, the creation of log piles, as well as bee, bat and bird boxes. There is also a pond and wildflower grassland and a meadow, which will further support biodiversity.

Employee allotments, outdoor seating areas, sports facilities and walk and running tracks will also be installed, providing staff with green, open spaces for them to enjoy outside of work.

Internally the facilities will benefit from the latest in robotics, AI and warehouse management systems to provide flexible solutions and control of the supply chain.

Construction work started last week and is being managed by AXA IM Alts, on behalf of its clients, and developed by Baytree Logistics Properties.

The 64-acre site, to be known as Rhenus Campus, will consist of two warehouses, totalling one million ft2. The first warehouse is completing this year and will be 210,000ft2 while the larger second unit totalling 771,000ft2 is due to complete in early 2023.

According to Rhenus Logistics, both state-of-the-art, sustainable warehouses will offer a wide range of warehousing and distribution services to a diverse customer base, including Soho House and other global retail brands, particularly those in the fashion and e-commerce sectors.

Kerry Delaney, Managing Director at Rhenus Warehousing Solutions Lutterworth, said: “This new site will allow us to meet the demands of our growing business and attract new customers, whilst enabling us to deliver our high-quality, personalised service more easily. More importantly, our new, sustainable warehouses can support our customers in achieving their own carbon-zero goals.

“Every aspect of our warehouse environment, in terms of its carbon output, will be measured using the latest in digital technology. As all companies will need a plan to achieve a carbon-zero supply chain by 2045, Rhenus is perfectly positioned to help its customers document their own roadmap to deliver this.”

Baytree Logistics Properties, a pan-European logistics and industrial development platform launched by AXA IM Alts in 2015, acquired the 64-acre site in 2019 from the Arbury Estate. It is located two miles from Junction 3 of the M6 motorway and can provide 5MvA of power.

Joint agents on the scheme are Avison Young, CBRE and Savills. In addition, Avison Young also acted for Rhenus on the deal.

Baytree Logistics Properties was the developer behind the award winning environmentally friendly Baytree Dunstable warehouse. The 266,947ft2 facility won the Business Green Leaders Awards Building Project of the Year in 2019 as well as being an Architects’ Journal100 Best Use of Technology Award 2019 Finalist.

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