IM Properties sets sustainability benchmark with new Net Zero Warehouse in Enfield

IM Properties is continuing to drive growth in the South-East, pushing forward with its first speculative Net Zero building in the region, with the potential for occupiers to achieve Net Zero in Operation, through use of onsite renewables.

Work started in February on Edge, a 53,945 sq ft facility in a prime last mile urban logistics location in the London Borough of Enfield, near junction 25 of the M25 with access to 1.86 million households within a 30-minute drivetime.

The Grade A building will target BREEAM Excellent, an EPC A+ rating and will be delivered as Net Zero Carbon in Construction and Net Zero Ready.

The all-electric building will also give occupiers the opportunity to achieve Net Zero in Operation through utilising the PV panels installed on the building. A maximum PV coverage of 7470 sq ft will be installed, which can generate up to 127kwh of additional power, subject to weather conditions.

IM Properties is also partnering with a green energy tariff provider to procure from renewable energy sources any additional requirements, in line with its future investment strategy.

Six EV charging points will be available initially with passive infrastructure to upgrade all parking spaces to 100% EV’s. This will promote low carbon travel, alongside the provision of secure cycle storage and easy access to nearby public transport. Southbury Overground station is just a short distance away.

As Harry Goodman, development manager for IM Properties reports,

“We’re creating prime industrial assets which are future proofed way beyond current regulation to attract occupiers who are aligned with the business’s ambitions for socially responsible growth.”

“Edge will stand out as an exemplar of what the London Plan is looking to achieve for future brownfield development, through its modern palette and contemporary design and use of renewables.”

“The investment is significant and the carbon offsetting well above the 35% set out in the London Plan and the 15% currently laid out by government, leading to large energy savings for the occupier.”

“Edge also goes beyond the physical impact of the buildings on the planet as part of our Sustainable Future’s framework to consider People & Place.”

“Our green infrastructure dovetails into the emerging ‘placemaking’ ambitions of the area to create a welcoming streetside & building entrance for workers, with roadside seating.

“Improved drainage reduces the run-off rate by 97% compared to the demolished building, aided by attenuation tanks and a green roof, which boosts the biodiversity net gain by 4914%.”

“It’s essential Net Zero moves up the agenda for everyone so that the sector is developing at greater pace and at the same speed.

“In the meantime, we believe it is essential that we think ahead to create buildings that are fit for future and offer occupiers longevity, which is not only good for business but is the right thing to do.”

Colliers and DTRE are joint agents on the scheme.