Coventry Logistics Park Coventry, UK
After supporting leading developer, Bericote Properties through a very competitive and highly contested bidding process, Corstorphine & Wright was appointed to submit a full planning application for Coventry Logistics Park.
From the outset, there was major emphasis on creating a highly sustainable development. After negotiating constraints ranging from flood risk to visual impact on local residential amenity, a detailed planning consent was secured in October 2021.
The site is located to the north-east of Coventry, on Junction 2 of the M6 within the UK’s Logistics Golden Triangle.
It was formerly the ‘Goliath’ National Distribution Centre for Toys R Us. The 666,000 sq.ft unit will be demolished to make way for 3 new speculative logistics units totalling over 780,000 sq.ft, which are being developed speculatively to meet the ever-growing demand for logistics accommodation.
Sustainability in Action
The demolition of the existing building generated a large volume of recyclable materials. The steel frame and the majority of the external cladding was recycled off site. The concrete in the slab and foundations was separated, crushed and reused as fill under the new buildings.
Natural lighting was increased by installing large windows in the office areas reducing the requirement for artificial lighting. The light fittings specified throughout the offices were low energy input. To reduce the need for mechanical air ventilation and cooling in the offices, solar control tinting was used on the window glazing along with openable windows.
The large expanses of low pitched roofs on all three units allowed for substantial areas of PV panels to be installed. The output from the PVs was integrated into the electrical supplies to the buildings making full use of their output. The roof access systems were designed to enable the panels to be properly maintained to maximize their efficiency.
Sustainable Site Access
Access for people working on the site is predominantly by private car, so to minimise the environmental impact a large number EV charge points were installed and dedicated car sharing spaces were allocated in the large car parks.
To encourage the use of bicycle access to the site covered secure cycle bays were installed in each unit. In addition, a cycle hire scheme facility was installed on site which is linked to the wider cycle scheme network. To enhance this link a cycle scheme base was provided off site in collaboration with the Local Authority.
The project was delivered on time, completing in the summer of 2022 and achieved an BREEAM Outstanding rating