Large sustainably designed warehouse outside of London
This sustainably designed warehouse was built on a site that was the former home of the Bedford Truck manufacturing plant. Built in 1955 by General Motors, the plant employed up to 9,000 people, but recession and foreign imports took their toll and the plant closed in 1983. Prologis’ regeneration of the Arenson Way site resulted in a new logistics park with two industrial warehouse buildings at this proven M1 industrial location.
This 49,441 square meter warehouse with sustainable design features holds a BREEAM “Excellent” accreditation. It is just 1.5 miles from J11 of the M1, with easy access to the national motorway network via the A505 dual carriageway and direct access to both the M25 to the south and M6 to the north. The site is within easy reach of both the London Luton Airport and the mainline train stations.
Sustainable features in the warehouse and offices include the following: high-efficiency gas-fired heating with radiators; a solar thermal hot water system; rainwater harvesting; office lighting with automatic movement and daylight controls; enhanced cladding and curtain walling to improve natural lighting; a mixed-mode mechanical ventilation system with windows that can open; LED traffic lights; adjustable dock levelers rated to 6,000 kilograms with retractable shelters; smart metering; pro-wall reinforced concrete dock areas; heavy-duty raised access floor with floor boxes; and provisions for data cabling.
Prologis is the UK’s largest developer of industrial warehouses and distribution buildings. Developments are built to the highest standards to achieve a minimum BREEAM accreditation of ‘Very Good’ for all new projects in the UK. Prologis is committed to being the global leader in sustainable design for the industrial real estate sector and has won many top industry awards for sustainability.