DC2 - a 358,709 square foot, state-of-the-art logistics building on Prologis Park Dunstable - won the Regional Award for Western Europe, officially recognising the logistics facility as one of the most innovatively sustainable buildings in that region.
DC2 was the first industrial building to be assessed ‘Outstanding’ under the BREEAM 2014 version and the accreditation confirmed Prologis Park Dunstable as the first large-scale distribution park to have been fully certified as BREEAM ‘Outstanding’.
“We wanted to set a new standard for buildings in the industrial logistics sector and DC2 was designed to demonstrate that a logistics facility can reduce the customer’s energy costs and minimise environmental impact,” said Martin Cooper, Vice President, Project Management for Prologis UK. “BREEAM certification is one of the three key metrics that guide our design and construction methodology, along with the reduction of operational carbon emissions and embodied carbon mitigation.”
Prologis has been investing in central Bedfordshire for almost two decades and has worked closely with Central Bedfordshire Council on the development of sustainable logistics facilities which bring valuable jobs and amenities to the local area.
Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration and Business at Central Bedfordshire Council said; “This is another example of Central Bedfordshire Council proactively enabling sustainable development in the local community. We are thrilled that Prologis Park in Dunstable is receiving the recognition it deserves.”
At DC2, operational carbon emissions were cut by 51% (in comparison to 2013 Building Regulations), which equates to a similar reduction in operational energy costs for the tenant. The building has an EPC rating of A(9) and solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays which generate over 200,000 kilowatt hours of free electricity for the building user.
Prologis UK was named alongside such developments as Four St Pancras Square and the GSK Centre for Sustainable Chemistry in Nottingham, which places DC2 at the forefront of sustainable developments in Western Europe.
“We are delighted to receive this accolade,” said Simon Cox, UK Sustainability Officer for Prologis UK. “Sustainability is a core part of our business philosophy at Prologis and we have been building sustainability features into our logistics buildings for the past decade.
Throughout the design process, Prologis worked collaboratively with construction company Winvic LTD and the project team to achieve BREEAM outstanding ratings at both design and post-construction stages.
Scott McDermott, Senior Design Manager at Winvic said: "We are extremely proud to have constructed this exemplar sustainable distribution centre for our client Prologis. Global recognition of this kind is a further endorsement of Winvic's already excellent track record in the construction of low carbon, energy efficient buildings."