10x workshop units that demonstrate the absolute best in sustainable design.
The brief was to develop an EPC A+ rated, net zero carbon development of 10x workshops that would set the benchmark for low carbon commercially viable industrial units. The key features of the scheme are:
10x small industrial workshops; distributed across two blocks.
The total gross internal floor area of the development is 1,477m²
Each unit is provided with a pedestrian access door and a loading bay
These units aim to demonstrate the absolute best in sustainable design for this typology of building:
The buildings are near-south orientated. The roofs are pitched at 30° degrees; an ideal position for PV generation.
Each unit will have a sufficient amount of solar PV and battery storage to run ‘off grid’; with provision for a grid connection for tenants with a high electricity demand
Units will be fully electric; no fossil fuels
All internal spaces will be naturally lit where possible
All units will be naturally ventilated
A thorough assessment of low carbon material options has taken place; with an intention to use low/zero carbon, recyclable and natural materials where possible.
We are engaging local suppliers to source materials where ever possible; minimising the carbon footprint of the project and supporting the local economy
A ‘build less’ principle is in place throughout this scheme. This means that products will only be proposed if they are necessary; further reducing the environmental cost of the build.
Accessibility: each unit has an accessible parking bay and accessible WC
Sustainable transport: each unit will have an EV charging point and two cycle storage spaces.
Ecology: Native hedgerows and trees are proposed that tie in with a wider ecological masterplan proposed for the Bridgwater Gateway site
Landscapes: the landscaping strategy explores the idea of an ‘edible landscape’ with trees and bushes that produce fruit for local wildlife and tenants
Shading: Passive summertime overheating control is provided on the southern elevations
The project will act as a demonstrator project for how commercially viable and truly sustainable industrial units could be developed in the UK. The development gained planning consent in April 2023.