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Bridgwater Gateway

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.

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