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Bridgwater Gateway: Setting a benchmark for future industrial development


Bridgwater Gateway: A vision for net zero industry


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.


Design Highlights

  • 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.

Materials Palette


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.


Bridgwater Gateway: A vision for net zero industry

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.

Conclusion


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.

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