SEGRO has begun turning a 1980s industrial building on Slough Trading Estate into a state-of-the-art model of sustainability.

The 20,210 sq ft unit in Bestobell Road, built in 1988, will be net-zero carbon in operation and SEGRO aims to achieve BREEAM Excellent and EPC A+ ratings.

Features in the refurbishment include:

  • Smart building sensors for energy efficiency
  • Solar panels on the roof
  • LED lighting throughout
  • A 55 sq m living wall on the front of the building and an internal green wall in reception
  • Air source heat pump for heating and cooling
  • Water reducing products such as self-closing taps and waterless urinals
  • Photocatalytic paint on all wall surfaces that purifies the air
  • Electric vehicle charging points
  • Secure bicycle parking with biodiverse growing roofs and wildlife habitat panels
  • Additional bird and bat boxes, beehives and insect habitats

James Craddock, SEGRO’s managing director for the Thames Valley, said: “The refurbishment of older buildings is an important part of our journey to be net-zero carbon by 2030. This scheme at Bestobell Road is a great example of how these existing buildings, where appropriate, can be transformed into more modern, efficient, greener spaces that enable low carbon growth now and into the future.

“Creating more sustainable spaces for a diverse mix of customers is also critical if we want to ensure that the Slough Trading Estate is the location of choice for both large and small businesses within the Thames Valley.”

The refurbishment is due for completion in September.

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