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CBRE acquired the Warrington site in 2022. Credit: via SEC Newgate

CBRE completes 120,000 sq ft BREEAM Excellent Warrington industrial

Refurbishment work has finished at Solar120, a warehouse projected to emit zero kg of carbon dioxide per year, reduced from 435,300 kg at the time of acquisition.

John Turner Construction was the main contractor for the project at Europa Boulevard in Gemini Business Park.

CBRE Investment Management acquired the 8.5-acre Warrington site in January 2022 from developer Telereal Trillium.

CBRE bought the land to transform the former BT call centre on site to create an industrial unit with enhanced environmental credentials, and has delivered a 120,500 sq ft warehouse featuring 9,000 sq ft of office space.

Designs for Solar120 focused on renewable energy and zero emissions in both build and future operations to achieve the facility’s BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

The construction process retained and reused as much of the existing property as possible to minimise embodied carbon.

Other initiatives included retrofitting the property to install heat pumps and LED lighting, remove gas supplies, and generate sustainable energy on-site. Solar panels installed onto Solar120’s roof will supply up to 670K KWH of renewable energy to tenants, hence the name.

Tenants will also be provided with 18 HGV and 88 car parking spaces.

Rob Trevor, head of asset management for UK logistics at CBRE, said: “The standards set were very high to ensure we delivered a high-performing, sustainable building that had a positive environmental and social impact…

“We have created a building fit for the future and that meets the requirements of the modern-day occupier.”

Telereal submitted plans for the property’s industrial transformation in June 2021.

WML Consulting is the structural engineer for the scheme.

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