Gazeley appointed McLaren to commence work on this logistics distribution centre for B&Q, the biggest warehouse development on the M4.
B&Q decided to look at its whole distribution across the country following a review and found it made sense to have a new regional centre in the south for high volume products, bringing goods closer to the stores.
The aim was to improve customer service and cut transport costs and CO2 emissions. It also looked to create 600 jobs for the area.
The scheme comprises 796,649 sq ft and includes a wide variety of eco-measures including the re-use of rainwater collected from the roof of the building and solar panels to heat the water.
A solar wall uses renewable energy to heat and ventilate the building. The development also includes substantial areas of new habitat around the building with the planting of 500 new trees.
McLaren carried out highways improvements to the local road network at the Honda roundabout and Highworth Road, in close collaboration with Swindon Council.
The project successfully achieved a BREEAM rating of “Excellent”.