The temperature-controlled unit at Heywood, Greater Manchester, will be occupied by Lineage Logistics.
This final 12-month build was the completion of a three-phase extension to the global operator’s Heywood Superhub which Russell WBHO began in 2011. The first two phases of development on Lineage’s 20-acre campus were completed in 2013 and totalled 100,000 sq ft.
The project saw the introduction of the new style single-skin cold store, now preferred over the traditional ‘box-in-box’ construction where the internal refrigerated chamber sits separately within the outer building. The use of single skin maximises internal area and thereby pallet space capacity.
The Russell WBHO team linked the new building to the existing older design, with no compromise to the integrity of the minus 30-degree temperature during the construction programme or ongoing operation.
Strict carbon reduction targets have also been met, with state-of-the art materials and mechanical systems installed. The new facility will provide Lineage with a 75% operational energy cost saving when compared to the European energy consumption average, thanks to the installation of the award-winning Azanefreezer 2.0 system from Star Refrigeration.