UK’s largest-ever speculative development - Panattoni Park, Avonmouth features in New Steel Construction

ISG’s Panattoni Park project in Avonmouth was featured in the New Steel Construction’s June issue. Comprising two distribution centres, the project oversees the largest-ever speculative logistics facility in the UK under development.

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The construction of vast distribution centres shows little sign of slowing down, as a raft of projects are currently underway across the UK, with many more about to kick-off later this year.

With nearby major international docks and rail freight facilities, as well as being close to both the M4 and M5 motorways, Avonmouth near Bristol has become one of the prime locations for distribution centres.

A short distance from the River Severn, developer Panattoni is currently constructing the UK’s largest-ever speculative development in order to supply what is said to be an under-supplied market. The scheme, known as Panattoni Park, Avonmouth, consists of two 17m-high units; one offering 37,718m² of floorspace and a much larger unit providing 82,727m².

Sustainability is at the heart of the project as both units are aiming to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and an EPC rating of ‘A’. They will also benefit from sustainability features such as roof-mounted solar PVs, rooflights and EV charging points.

As part of Panattoni’s net zero programme, Avonmouth is the latest development to be targeting net zero for embodied carbon during construction, by enhancing a number of sustainable credentials.

"It’s great to see such great progress at the site, developing the largest-ever speculative logistics facility in the UK."

James Watson, Head of Development, Panattoni

One of these measures is the use of an analytics system, which helps the company monitor the fuel consumption required for its site cabins. By rationalising and turning off power in unused rooms, it enabled the downsizing of the required generator, thereby making some considerable cost and fuel savings.

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