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Using engineering to revolutionise the food production industry

Companies across all industries are adopting sustainable practices in a bid to meet the government’s target of net zero by 2050. Set to shake-up the food industry, we are currently working alongside SmartParc and TSL Projects to deliver a 1.8m sq.ft food production facility near Spondon, Derby that aims to create the UK’s most sustainable food production community in the country.

Featuring the latest food production technology, manufacturing techniques and revolutionary energy saving infrastructure this development is set to welcome tenants from 2022. Housing a number of major players from the food industry who wish to boost their overall production and benefit from revolutionary sustainable infrastructure set to be featured across this site.

Presenting both planning and design challenges for our team, this project required specific civil, structural and ground engineering solutions to meet the ambitious requirements set for the entire scheme.

Specialist solutions

Previously used to hold air raid shelters and a cigarette butt manufacturing site, the land has historical considerations that had to be addressed prior to any construction. Numerous obstructions were therefore found in the ground, making it potentially dangerous when drilling. Therefore, a careful selection of ground improvement techniques had to be chosen. Using specified dynamic replacement, the ground has been pulverised, limiting the risk for the contractor while also improving the ground conditions. Additionally, to allow works to commence on the ground next to a live, existing building, CMC ground improvement was used.

Building for reuse

While each unit is being designed for each unique tenant, reuse is at the heart of this development’s production with extra features being installed to enable the building to be scalable for future tenants. These features include the installation of additional drainage points and a number of alternate configurations for refrigeration loading on the roof to provide the building with flexibility, minimising any future requirement for demolition.

Sustainable engineering

Building with future generations in mind, sustainable practices have been specified throughout the project to ensure embodied carbon can be reduced. For example, by minimising the number of offsite exports of materials and creating concrete on site we aim to reduce the overall emissions.

Designed to enhance sustainable credentials, the finished site will enable tenants to benefit from a shared energy infrastructure that will utilise wind and solar combined with central services, providing more access to economical power than they would gain if they were to set up buildings independently.

This project is another fantastic example of Jubb’s expertise in the design and delivery of a series of developments focused and committed to a sustainable future both environmentally and economically.

If you have an upcoming project that needs to get off the ground, and you would like Jubb’s expertise on your side, get in touch today.

Full list of services provided:

  • Civil engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Ground improvement
  • Drainage strategy
  • Planning led services and flood risk assessment
  • S278 works