Sustainability key to supermarket project
One of the largest ever pre-let distribution centres in the South East is currently under construction near Sittingbourne, Kent.
Known as G. Park Sittingbourne, the project is located close to the M2 motorway and consists of approximately 85,000m2 of warehousing and distribution space, split across two units, for supermarket chain Morrisons
Atlas Ward Structures, which was responsible for all steelwork design and fabrication, has erected more than 2,700t of steelwork for the project.
Sustainability is playing a key role in the development of the site and although early enabling works included a large earthmoving and cut and fill operation, no excavated material left the site.
All overburden was used to create new wildlife ponds and grassland areas to replace drained areas of the site.
A number of cutting edge sustainable features are being incorporated into the project such as kinetic plates on estate roads, which will generate power from vehicles passing over them. Other ecological measures include rainwater harvesting and recycling as well as energy efficient lighting.