At first glance, Prologis Park Dunstable is the most sustainable development in our portfolio. DC1, a 310,000 square foot distribution centre has achieved BREEAM 2011 ‘outstanding’ accreditation and was shortlisted for a BREEAM award – two years running. Then earlier this year, its 360,000 square foot neighbour, DC2 became the first industrial building to be awarded design stage BREEAM 2014 ‘outstanding’.
It would be reasonable to ask why these two buildings are more sustainable than the rest of our portfolio. But both Dunstable distribution centres are just the same as our other new developments; both have been designed and constructed to our standard methodology.
The difference at Prologis Park Dunstable is that we are regenerating an urban brownfield site. While a number of developments have been built on brownfield land, Dunstable has distinctive characteristics. The site is in the middle of the town and it has been previously used for development.
Working closely with our supply chain, we dealt with site specific issues such as historic ground contamination and re-using demolition materials. As a result, we gained additional BREEAM credits for both buildings.