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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 Adnams Distribution Centre

Camouflage green

With its sweeping green roof, this hempcrete warehouse and customer service centre for brewer Adnams nestles into the surrounding landscape. It sets a gold standard for the F&B industry – treading gently on the earth.


Suffolk, UK

🏢Building Details

  • Completed 2006: one of the 1st BREEAM Excellent industrial buildings

  • Primary site for Adnams brewery Warehousing & Distribution, Customer Services, and Cellar Services

  • 47,400 sq ft

  • David Alsop Sustainability Award 2007


  • Haymills Construction Ltd

✍️Architects & Engineers


  • UK’s largest green sedum roof upon completion (0.6 hectares or 1/3 football pitch)

  • Energy savings = £50,000+ per annum due to high thermal performance of roof, regulating temperatures all year round

  • Hempcrete construction (lime + hemp) means 150 tonnes of CO2 is sequestered in walls (comparable brick + mortar construction produces up to 600 tonnes)

  • Works with SmartestEnergy to purchase 100% renewables and offset 25% of Scope 1 and 2 emissions

  • Golpla carpark paving: reinforced grass surface made from low-density recycled plastic minimises concrete, provides natural draining, and prevents erosion

🥦 Wellbeing

  • Green roof filters out pollutants and improves local air quality

  • Clerestory windows and roof lights provide ample natural light

  • Relocation from cramped site in central Southwold significantly reduces employees commute and saves approx. 60 HGV journeys a day – reducing local congestion and noise pollution

🎈Bonus feature

They have their own beekeeper, Steve Barret. Steve cares for around 1 million bees on-site – forming the Suffolk coast bee corridor. And if that isn’t enough, the hives are painted to resemble bathing huts. Sustainability with a buzz.

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