April 2011 - Click to Read Article
The Morrison's Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) in Bridgwater, Somerset is nearing completion.
DLA Architecture have been appointed by Morrisons to work on the project from inception to completion. It will serve stores in the South West and South Wales, improving the efficiency of Morrison's logistics for these regions.
The RDC will be an exemplar of low carbon, sustainable design, using measures such as the use of ammonia for refrigeration rather than conventional options, the introduction of daylight in the bulk warehouse and other spaces to reduce the need for artificial lighting and high levels air tightness to avoid unnecessary heat loss from heated spaces. DLA Architecture are fully committed to addressing environmental issues through a holistic design approach where practical and possible, working closely with their clients to look at the design and performance of buildings though the whole life cycle.
The proposed RDC and associated facilities comprise 767,500 fs. (71,303 ms.) of floorspace on a site of 59.1 acres (23.9 Ha.) located to the north east of Bridgwater. The western boundary of the site is formed by the main Penzance to Bristol railway line and the eastern boundary by the M5 motorway, from which the site can be accessed from junction 23. Close by, with a frontage to the A38 Bristol Road, is the proposed Produce Facility which involves the demolition of two of three existing and interlinked warehouses and the refurbishment and extension (amounting to 215,275 fs./ 20,000 ms.) of the remaining warehouse.
The intention is to create a family of buildings, with The Willow Man, "the Angel of the South" located to the south of the site and adjacent to the M5 motorway. This has been the inspiration for the design concept of a "willow weave" of cladding panels employing a natural palette of willow colours.