VolkerFitzpatrick gets top marks for TopHat factory


VolkerFitzpatrick has been commended for its sustainability credentials on two new units at one of the UK’s largest logistics parks, valued at £84 million combined.

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The company achieved the highest grade for its work at Magna Park in Corby on behalf of business builder GLP, securing an ‘Outstanding’ rating under the latest BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method).

Unit 2 was completed in November 2023 and provides 659,000 sq. ft of warehouse space to volumetric modular house builder TopHat. The development achieved a total whole-life carbon reduction of 12,652 tonnes CO2e.

Unit 3 provides 586,353 sq. ft of logistics space and was completed in February 2024. It achieved a whole-life carbon reduction of 10,998 tonnes CO2e.

Both units also achieved Planet Mark status, which verifies and measures carbon and social data to reduce emissions and achieve the UN SDGs.

During construction of the projects, VolkerFitzpatrick also reduced fuel wastage by a third (34 per cent).

“Due to our collaborative relationship with GLP to deliver these facilities at Magna Park Corby we were able to push the boundaries to achieve environmental excellence, so it’s fantastic to see it being recognised with an Outstanding BREEAM certification,” said Stuart Deverill, divisional managing director for VolkerFitzpatrick.

“The specialist preconstruction advice, excellent teamwork and efficient methods of working have ensured the projects have been delivered with sustainability embedded as a priority throughout.”

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