EZW’s Gazeley adds 5th Award in a month to its Green Laurels

Published October 14th, 2009 - 11:13 GMT

Gazeley, member of Economic Zones World and a leading global provider of high-tech logistics buildings, has won the prestigious IAS award for G. Park Blue Planet. This is the fifth major award that Gazeley has received over the past month for its achievements in sustainable development in the logistics industry.

The IAS Award was given recently at a gala function in London’s Park Lane Hotel attended by 300 of the industrial property world’s top representatives. The IAS, which has about 1,000 members in the UK, instituted the awards to recognize the top performers.

G.Park Blue Planet, located in Chatterley Valley, UK, is the first development in the world to be awarded the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) “Outstanding” rating, the highest sustainable accolade available in the industrial property market.

Located on a former colliery site, G.Park Blue Planet is a 36,024 sq m development that houses the UK’s first truly carbon positive logistics development, with its own biomass micro power station and solar energy utilities.

The entire energy and heat for this development is supplied by renewable sources. This has helped it exceed, decades ahead of time, the UK Government’s Climate Change Bill targets for both 2020 and 2050.

Nick Redwood, Managing Director Europe said: “With G.Park Blue Planet at Chatterley Valley we believe we have created an industry blueprint for cutting-edge developments. Winning a string of awards has confirmed our belief that sustainability is integral to the design of logistics sites, and that businesses can benefit in terms of both the environment and their bottom line.”

Nigel Dolan, Development Manager said: “G.Park Blue Planet delivers positive environmental impacts, as well as total energy and water savings of up to £300,000 per annum. It has set a new benchmark for the logistics industry in the UK and the world over. To be recognized for this achievement by our industry makes these awards all the more meaningful and satisfying.”

Other honours won by Gazeley in recent weeks include: the Best Industrial Development Award at the UK Commercial Property Awards; Overall winner at the North Staffordshire Urban Design Awards; 'Best Sustainable Development' at the 2009 LEAF awards; and the best 'New Build—Commercial' award in Newcastle.

Apart from Gazeley, Economic Zones World’s portfolio includes its flagship, Jafza, one of the world’s largest free zones, TechnoPark, a research driven business and industrial park, and Dubai Auto Zone, a comprehensive market place for the automotive industry.


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