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October 17, 2019

Barberry developing speculative warehouse in Daventry

Barberry Developments is developing a £9.8 million, 72,000 sq ft, speculative warehouse unit at the site of a former DIY store in Northamptonshire. Barberry Developments has started on site at the 3.5-acre site, at Sopwith Way, Daventry. Benniman has been appointed construction contractor and practical completion is expected in May

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Fire Safety in the Automated World

The recent destruction of a state-of-the-art warehouse highlighted the issue of fire safety within highly automated buildings. The growth of e-commerce is impacting the global economy and will continue to do so as industry 4.0 further develops. Rapid development of delivery hubs to meet consumer needs and the resulting demand

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Supermarket and Hotel in Faversham Approved

Supermarket and Hotel in Faversham Approved

Plans for a new supermarket and hotel at Perry Court in Faversham, Kent, have been approved. Swale Borough Council voted in favour of the plans, which will see an Aldi supermarket and Premier Inn open on the site. Henry Davidson Developments (HDD) is leading the scheme with support from Pegasus

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Consultation on Energy Performance Launched

Consultation on Energy Performance Launched

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) have launched a new consultation on proposals for energy performance targets for the offices sector. The consultation includes a proposal paper detailing suggested energy performance targets for commercial offices, alongside a survey where respondents can provide feedback on the proposals. The paper proposes the

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October 17, 2019

Barberry developing speculative warehouse in Daventry

Barberry Developments is developing a £9.8 million, 72,000 sq ft, speculative warehouse unit at the site of a former DIY store in Northamptonshire. Barberry Developments has started on site at the 3.5-acre site, at Sopwith Way, Daventry. Benniman has been appointed construction contractor and practical completion is expected in May 2020. Barberry secured the site for an undisclosed sum from New River Retail and achieved planning consent from Daventry District Council earlier this year. Barberry development director Jon Robinson said: “Barberry 72 will be a prominent high quality warehouse/manufacturing unit, in the highly sought-after mid-box range, in what is an excellent location. “We currently have a logistics/industrial pipeline of circa 2.8 million sq ft. All of our warehouses are available on both leasehold terms or as freehold purchases.” Meanwhile, the Richardson Barberry joint venture construction of five mid-box industrial units, totaling 174,500 sq ft, at More+ in Bristol, has reached practical completion. The JV has also been selected as development partner to deliver a £140 million business park – with 1.75 million sq ft of accommodation – at Aycliffe Business Park in County Durham, and recently gained planning consent.

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Fire Safety in the Automated World

The recent destruction of a state-of-the-art warehouse highlighted the issue of fire safety within highly automated buildings. The growth of e-commerce is impacting the global economy and will continue to do so as industry 4.0 further develops. Rapid development of delivery hubs to meet consumer needs and the resulting demand for prime space has result­ed in the need for maximised utilisation of every square foot. Even as distribution centres become regional hubs and move closer to consumers to achieve rapid delivery, they must also have systems for storing, handling and picking to get product out of the door as efficiently as possible. This requires more and more automation, the development of which, will eventually touch every aspect of our lives from autonomous vehicles to advanced storage solutions and robotics. The recent destruction of a state-of-the-art warehouse highlighted the issue of fire safety within highly automated buildings. Whilst an award-winning advanced fire sup­pression system was in place, it took 200 firefighters and several days of intense fire-fighting efforts to extinguish the blaze. This building was a prototype with over 1100 robots swarming over a 3D frame called the ‘grid’ to locate goods, from tins of baked beans to toilet rolls. Travelling at up to four metres a second, the robots would fulfil a typical consumer order in around five minutes. Whilst the cause is still usunder investigation, early reports suggest that it may have been caused by a malfunctioning robot and the configuration of the high-density rack-ing. This reportedly made accessing and fighting the fire physically challenging. The fire is a red flag indicator that critical life safety and protection systems must keep pace with the development of these highly automated spaces. Sprinkler systems are a highly effective form of fire protection that detect, act and initiate an alarm in response to a fire event. The National Fire Chiefs Council and the National Fire Sprinkler Network worked together to investigate the ‘Efficiency and Effectiveness of Sprinkler Systems’. The findings indicate, that where installed, sprinkler systems operate on 94% of occasions. Furthermore, it is evident that when they do operate, they extinguish or contain the fire on 99% of occasions. There was not a single report of a death in a non-domestic building where sprinklers were recorded as being present and sprinklers could be expected to work. Sprinkler systems have demonstrated their value in protecting life and property in industrial and commercial applications for many years. The importance of fire suppression sprinklers in the new ecommerce world has never been more relevant. Alpine Fire Engineers have been heavily involved supporting the move to these highly automated buildings which is reflected in their impressive year on year growth. Steven Nanda, Alpine’s CEO states, “Alpine continues to be at the forefront of fire suppression design within the distribution, food, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors. Using the very latest VR and BIM technology we are leading the way with bespoke solutions designed to deliver optimal performance in the event of an activation. Our collaboration with key designers in the automation world ensures that we are delivering cost effective and operationally efficient systems.” Alpine is an LPC level 4 accredited company which ensures that their clients receive accurate, up to date and invaluable information at whatever stage of the process. The Project Engineering team, who are fully conversant with both LPC BS EN 12845 and FM Global specifications, engage early to support their customers from the initial planning stage right through to interpreting employer’s requirements. They will also comfortably liaise directly with insurers to ensure design standards and specifications are met whilst delivering a cost effective and high-performance solution to mitigate their customers risk In the aforementioned report, ‘Efficiency and Effectiveness of Sprinkler Systems’, it was identified that in the cases where sprinklers system did not operate, there were two main reasons. Firstly, there was a fault in the system which had not been identified/rectified through planned maintenance and secondly, the system was switched off. Accordingly, and as recommended within the LPCB guidelines, it is critically important that the system undergoes a strict regime of planned and preventative maintenance on an ongoing basis by appropriately trained personnel or a certified company. This ensures that the building is adequately safeguarded in the event of a fire hazard, that assets are insured and the system is compliant. Alpine Fire Engineers directly employs a nationwide team of highly trained Service Engineers who will inspect automatic fire suppression systems as part of a planned and preventative maintenance regime, which is vital to ensure deployment and optimal performance when the system is needed Planned maintenance schedules are tailored to the needs of each site ensuring that the requirements of LPCB 1048 guidelines and those of the insurers are met. for more information on Alpine Fire, please visit www.alpinefire.co.uk

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Supermarket and Hotel in Faversham Approved

Supermarket and Hotel in Faversham Approved

Plans for a new supermarket and hotel at Perry Court in Faversham, Kent, have been approved. Swale Borough Council voted in favour of the plans, which will see an Aldi supermarket and Premier Inn open on the site. Henry Davidson Developments (HDD) is leading the scheme with support from Pegasus Group. Scott Davidson, managing director of HDD, said: “We are delighted that councillors have approved this well-planned scheme that will bring significant economic benefits to the local area. “The proposed 84 bed Premier Inn is set to generate around 29 new jobs, with a target for 50% to be taken by those not in employment, education or training aged between 16 and 24. The new Aldi store will employ 50 full time equivalent employees, as well as supporting the expansion of facilities at the new Sheppey Distribution Centre which ultimately will provide 400 jobs and will broaden the retail offer in Faversham. “Thanks to the support and dedication of the team at Pegasus Group we now look forward to progressing this development at the soonest possible opportunity.” Steve Lewis-Roberts, a Senior Director at Pegasus Group, added: “We are extremely pleased that HDD’s vision for this development, that will bring much needed services to the new community and the existing town, has won the support of Swale Borough Council. “During the consultation process significant design changes were made to ensure a bespoke development that is right for Perry Court, and this was reflected by the fact that were no objections from statutory consultees and that the application had the support of the local Faversham Town Council. “It has been a rewarding project to be part of with all parties working hard to steer it towards today’s positive conclusion.”

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Consultation on Energy Performance Launched

Consultation on Energy Performance Launched

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) have launched a new consultation on proposals for energy performance targets for the offices sector. The consultation includes a proposal paper detailing suggested energy performance targets for commercial offices, alongside a survey where respondents can provide feedback on the proposals. The paper proposes the introduction of ‘Paris Proof’ energy targets that commercial offices should meet if they seek to be a net zero carbon in operation. It also sets out three levels of ambition for the targets, reflecting different data sets, for respondents to consider. The targets developed will form part of the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework, launched earlier this year, which sets out high-level definitions for net zero carbon. The Framework acts as guidance for buildings aiming to achieve net zero and is being developed in consultation with industry to include further detail and stretching requirements. The proposals announced today have been developed by UKGBC in collaboration with Verco, Better Buildings Partnership, the British Property Federation and others. UKGBC is seeking feedback from across the commercial offices sector. Interested parties can join a webinar on Wednesday 23 October where UKGBC’s policy experts will be on hand to answer any questions arising from the consultation. The deadline for responses is Friday 8 November 2019. Richard Twinn, senior policy advisor at UKGBC said: “The proposals launched today are intended to challenge the industry to go further in driving down energy use in the offices sector. We are keen to hear feedback on the proposals from across the industry so we can build consensus around the action that is needed. “Interest in net zero has exploded in the past year and UKGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Building Framework has helped to spark a lively debate in the industry about the role to be played by the built environment. With the urgency of climate action becoming ever greater, UKGBC is using the Framework to push the construction and property industry to be more ambitious in tackling emissions.” This consultation is being run as part of UKGBC’s Advancing Net Zero Programme. This programme has been made possible thanks to support from: Lead Partner the Redevco Foundation and Programme Partners BAM Construct UK, Berkeley Group, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, Hoare Lea and JLL.

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