The £3 million newly built site supports start-up and existing businesses looking to make an impact on the region's thriving food scene. Acting as an incubator for up-and coming food businesses, the Centre provides food grade units and an on-site management suite and offices that provide tenants with access to business support, technical advice and meeting room facilities. The Centre was developed for Hambleton District Council with significant funding support from Yorkshire Forward - the Regional Development Agency - and the European Regional Development Fund.
Meeting the needs of the Customer
As the new facilities were to be built for a variety of different businesses on a speculative basis it was critical that the units were built as flexible as possible so that they can be easily adapted to suit as many different food activities and processes as possible.
The scheme was designed and built to achieve BREEAM ‘very good’ rating and it did meet this target through a number of measures including the use of highly efficient air source heat pumps for heating and facilities for staff that cycle to work to store bicycles.
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Similarly to the proposed project for the Lighthouse Group, this project was awarded ERDF monies. It was one of the first projects in the Yorkshire region that benefitted from ERDF. Whilst we were not directly involved in securing the funds on behalf of our client, Hambleton District Council, we were required to understand the funding process for the benefit of cash flow programming in order for our construction programme to co-ordinate with our clients requirements and those of the ERDF.
Measures taken to help achieve the maximum BREEAM score;
Our site activities contributed to the BREEAM score for the following measures;
- Monitoring CO2 emissions from site activities and setting a target based upon the Constructing Excellence KPI Target of 300 kgCO2 / £100k the CO2
- Monitoring all commercial vehicles to the site and recording; the number of deliveries, removal of waste from site, the mode of transport eg. Van, 6 axle lorry, etc
- the miles travelled for all deliveries and disposals
- Recording water consumption arising from site activities for comparison with the Target Water Consumption based upon the Constructing Excellence KPI Target of 9 Cu Metres / £100k for each month of the Contract
- Control of dust from construction operations through; laying a hardcore bed over the area of the building and future forecourt area, mechanically offloading delivery vehicles, distributing materials mechanically minimising the number of journeys and potential breakages, storing materials away from the adjacent houses and provision for covering waste skips
- Minimising water pollution through; excavating and concreting foundations in sections to minimise the potential of ground water entering the trench, refuelling plant in a designated impermeable area and adopting best practice guidelines, as outlined in Pollution Prevention Guidelines.
- Ensuring that our Environmental sourcing of material policy is adhered to including the use of FSC timber with full chain of custody