ProLogis (Denver), a developer of distribution facilities, is developing a 530,000-sq.-ft. industrial warehouse in the United Kingdom for Sainsbury's (London), one of the U.K.'s larger supermarket chains. The facility will be built at ProLogis Park Pineham, a 112-acre industrial park in the Midlands. It will serve as a regional distribution center serving 50 Sainsbury's stores in the central part of the country. Completion is scheduled for the second half of 2007.
The new facility will use a variety of advanced environmental features and technologies designed to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. They include: wall-mounted photovoltaic panels that generate electricity; solar walls that produce heat from sunlight; an on-site power plant that reuses the heat produced by air conditioning; an on-site recycling facility; energy efficient lighting systems; and air-tight construction that minimizes energy loss.
"Sustainability is a core value at our company," said Roger Burley, Sainsbury's head of supply chain. "We recognize that virtually every business decision we make has an impact on the environment, and that we can minimize that impact by improving our stores and business facilities, reducing packaging, promoting recycling and improving transport."