Work has begun on a £1.5 million scheme in Cornwall to design and construct an environmentally friendly scheme for one of the country’s leading catering companies.
Designed by Penzance based RLT Architects the scheme, which is intended to be part-funded through ERDF Convergence funding, will create a new head office and production facility for Caterlink at Bodmin Business Park.
RLT, who will also oversee project management and construction at the site, will utilise environmental measures including solar shading, grey water recycling and passive ventilation to make the building as green as possible.
RLT’s director, Steve McTeare, who is leading the project, said: “This is a very exciting scheme for us to be working on, especially as it going to be such a sustainable development.
“It’s been a good challenge to develop the site to be green, but also allow Caterlink to flourish and grow.
“Our plans have already achieved a pre-assessment BREEAM rating of Excellent and we will be working hard to ensure this is taken through to completion.”
BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building’s environmental performance.
The building will also incorporate high levels of insulation, sustainable drainage and a heat recovery system for heating and cooling, which will be recycled from the new oven in the production area.
The move will see Caterlink take on ten new members of staff production facility to add to its existing workforce of 30, who will transfer to the site in June 2010 when work is completed.
Michael Wodskou, Caterlink’s managing director, said: “Being in the food industry I feel it is important that we aim to be as sustainable as possible, and if we can help to reduce our impact with our new build then I believe it’s important for the long term.”