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๐ŸŸฉ GreenBricks Building of the Week ๐ŸŸฉ 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 โ€“ treading gently on the earth.


๐Ÿ“Location

Suffolk, UK


๐ŸขBuilding 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


๐Ÿ‘ท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธContractor

  • Haymills Construction Ltd


โœ๏ธArchitects & Engineers


๐ŸŒฑSustainability

  • UKโ€™s largest green sedum roof upon completion (0.6 hectares or 1/3 football pitch)

  • Energy savings = ยฃ50,000+ 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


๐Ÿฅฆ 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 โ€“ reducing local congestion and noise pollution


๐ŸŽˆBonus feature

They have their own beekeeper, Steve Barret. Steve cares for around 1 million bees on-site โ€“ forming the Suffolk coast bee corridor. And if that isnโ€™t enough, the hives are painted to resemble bathing huts. Sustainability with a buzz.


๐Ÿ”— Check it out https://www.greensuffolk.org/sgbn/suffolk-case-studies/adnams-distribution-centre/



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