Speculative warehouse to showcase sustainable features


Industrial real estate developer Panattoni is now speculatively planning a massive warehouse construction project in West Yorkshire dubbed Wakefield515, which is set to include a raft of sustainable solutions.

The storage facility will be among the largest ever speculative warehouses undergoing construction in northern England in 2020, and represents one of the building sector’s biggest commitments since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.

Development manager for Panattoni, Andy Preston, commented on the Yorkshire project:

“There is a lack of supply of large warehouse facilities along the M62 corridor, and despite tougher economic conditions as a result of the on-going pandemic, e-commerce remains strong and we believe that the new development of Wakefield515 will attract a high level of demand.”

The warehouse built in a cross-docked design will incorporate multiple sustainable features, including materials chosen for their high energy efficiency, systems capable of harvesting rainwater, solar photovoltaic (PV) roofing, and LED-powered lighting, complete with motion sensors.

Industrial enterprises fitting sustainable energy solutions can sometimes benefit from consulting qualified electricians. Electrical contractors in Chester, Yorkshire and other areas around the North of England can conduct professional energy audits that allow businesses to see the financial savings sustainable options can potentially offer.

The storage building will be constructed to meet the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of “Very Good” and receive an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rated “A.”

The new industrial unit is expected to be available for occupation by Q2 of next year.

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