Rhenus launches new sustainable warehouses in Nuneaton

A new, sustainable warehousing development, known as the ‘Rhenus Campus’, was officially opened in a launch ceremony on Thursday 18th April, by third-party logistics (3PL) provider Rhenus Warehousing Solutions UK. The campus reaches high levels of sustainability by being certified “BREEAM Outstanding”.

The ‘Rhenus Campus’ is home to two warehouses, measuring a total of 1m sq ft across 64 acres. The first warehouse is 210,000 sq ft, whereas the second warehouse totals 771,000 sq ft.

Significant reductions in whole life carbon are being achieved, such as the CLT timber floors being 64% lower embodied carbon than a standard floor. Three air source heat pumps, enough to heat and ventilate the campus’ offices and provide frost protection for the warehouses, and 80 electric car charging points have been installed.

Renewable energy is being generated on-site via 2,288 415-watt solar panels, which give a total system size of over 949 kWp (kilowatt peak). The system will feed an estimated 870,000 kWh per annum into the campus – the equivalent power consumption of approximately 250 homes for a year. During the launch ceremony, the solar panels were switched on by UKWA Member Benefits Manager, Tracey Starkey.

Ronny Sassen, CEO of Rhenus Warehousing Solutions, said: “The ‘Rhenus Campus’ is one of the best examples of sustainable warehousing, and forms an important part of our global commitment to positively impacting the environment. Energy efficiency is being improved throughout and biodiversity initiatives are being implemented wherever possible.”

The site features extensive green spaces, homes for local wildlife, and between 700 and 900 native trees. Employees can utilise on-site allotments, sports pitches, a walking/cycling trail and outdoor gym.

Rhenus is also running a Community Outreach Programme, in which it has partnered with Nuneaton Borough Ladies and Girls FC, Attleborough Sports JFC, the Nuneaton branch of the British Gurkha Veterans Association and Dare2Dream Foundation, allowing them to use the company’s facilities.

Source: Rhenus