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Rhenus launches new sustainable warehouse

A major new, sustainable warehousing development, known as the ‘Rhenus Campus’, was officially opened in a launch ceremony on Thursday 18th April, by third-party logistics (3PL) provider Rhenus Warehousing Solutions UK.

The campus reaches high levels of sustainability by being certified “BREEAM Outstanding” and is setting new standards for environmental protection, helping Rhenus Warehousing Solutions UK to put sustainability at the forefront of its operations.

Rhenus Warehousing Solutions UK, which won the 2023 UKWA Award for Excellence in Sustainability, and Baytree are committed to bringing forward pioneering environmental and social advancements associated with logistics buildings, and to be creating new benchmarks in the sector.

The ‘Rhenus Campus’ is home to two warehouses, measuring a total of one million square feet across 64 acres. The first warehouse is 210,000 square feet, whereas the second warehouse totals 771,000 square feet.

Significant reductions in whole life carbon are being achieved, such as the CLT timber floors being 64 per cent lower embodied carbon than a standard floor. Three air source heat pumps, enough to heat and ventilate the campus’ offices and provide frost protection for the warehouses, and 80 electric car charging points have been installed.

Renewable energy is being generated on-site via 2,288 415-watt solar panels, which give a total system size of over 949 kWp (kilowatt peak). The system will feed an estimated 870,000 kWh per annum into the campus – the equivalent power consumption of approximately 250 homes for a year. During the launch ceremony, the solar panels were switched on by UKWA Member Benefits Manager, Tracey Starkey.

Ronny Sassen, CEO of Rhenus Warehousing Solutions, said: “The ‘Rhenus Campus’ is one of the best examples of sustainable warehousing, and forms an important part of our global commitment to positively impacting the environment. Energy efficiency is being improved throughout and biodiversity initiatives are being implemented wherever possible.”

The site features extensive green spaces, homes for local wildlife, and between 700 and 900 native trees. Employees can utilise on-site allotments, sports pitches, a walking/cycling trail and outdoor gym.

Rhenus is also running a Community Outreach Programme, in which it has partnered with Nuneaton Borough Ladies and Girls FC, Attleborough Sports JFC, the Nuneaton branch of the British Gurkha Veterans Association and Dare2Dream Foundation, allowing them to use the company’s facilities.

Mike Gamble, Managing Director at Rhenus Warehousing Solutions UK, said: “This is a hugely significant milestone for us. A lot of work has gone into making the ‘Rhenus Campus’ reach such impressive sustainability goals, and we are proud to have officially opened the development with our customers, partners and stakeholders. We are looking forward to providing our customers with innovative solutions from this environmentally-friendly, state-of-the-art facility.”

Amit Babbar, UK Development Director at Baytree, said: “We are proud to have delivered the ‘Rhenus Campus’ project at Baytree, Nuneaton. The project incorporates numerous industry firsts on a development of this scale, notable among which is the office building that comprises of offices on three floors and an atrium at lower ground level for Unit 2, whose structure is made entirely from timber.”