We are very excited to share one of our up-and-coming developments that we hope to start on site in the near future.
Bridgwater Gateway's Plot 1400 is set to house a pioneering development that promises to showcase the best practices in sustainable design for light industrial workshop units. With a clear focus on sustainability, adaptability, and replenishment, these units are designed to not only be functional but also environmentally-conscious, setting a benchmark for future industrial developments in the UK.
Layout and Orientation: There are 10 units proposed, split across two blocks with a total gross internal floor area of 1,477m². These are oriented south to maximise on-site energy generation through solar panels. An east-west orientation also helps in controlling summertime overheating passively.
Sustainability: These units stand out due to their sustainable features:
Near-south orientation of the buildings with roofs pitched at 30°, perfect for solar PV generation.
Self-sufficiency with solar PV and battery storage, allowing them to operate 'off-grid'.
Complete electrification of the units, ruling out the use of fossil fuels.
Emphasis on natural lighting and ventilation, which not only reduces energy consumption but also provides a better work environment.
Usage of low carbon, recyclable, and natural materials sourced from local suppliers, which supports the local economy while minimising the carbon footprint.
An external canopy shading the south elevation to reduce the risk of summertime overheating.
A sustainable transportation approach with EV charging points and cycle storage spaces for each unit.
An ‘edible landscape’ concept in the landscaping strategy; providing food for local wildlife and, of course, the tenants.
The materials proposed for the units further emphasise the sustainable theme:
Facade: A blend of natural and ‘blackened’ timber cladding, ideally sourced within the UK.
Roof: A standing seam roof panel that allows for straightforward installation of a large solar array
Windows & Doors: Triple glazed dark grey aluminium/timber composite windows and doors.
Incorporated Features for Sustainability
Several features highlight the scheme's dedication to sustainability:
Mitigation: Efforts such as designs that aim for the units to be 'off-grid', strategic orientation and form of the units, emphasis on natural light and ventilation, and a 'build less' principle showcase a robust approach to environmental responsibility.
Adaptation: Flexibility is at the core, with features like the ability to retrofit mechanical ventilation, adapt to varying tenant requirements, and provisions for National Grid connections.
Replenishment: With an ecological masterplan proposing native trees and hedgerows, bird and bat boxes based on ecological recommendations, and a sustainable drainage strategy, the project takes a step forward in replenishing the environment.
This project paints a picture of a future where commercial viability and sustainability go hand-in-hand. This project isn't just about creating functional workshop units; it's about crafting a blueprint for future developments. Through a blend of smart design, sustainable practices, and a focus on adaptability and replenishment, the units on Plot 1400 are paving the way for a greener, more sustainable industrial future in the UK.