St Helens Chamber welcomes PLP as a new Strategic Partner

29 Jul 2020


PLP, the UK logistics developer and investor, are currently working closely with one of its shareholders, Peel Group, to develop a major new employment park adjacent to Junction 23 of the M6 in Haydock. The proposals are for 1.8m sq ft of new manufacturing and logistics facilities which will deliver significant investment and job opportunities into St Helens. The scheme will also contribute £10 million of highway improvements to Junction 23, reducing journey times and improving safety for local businesses and residents.

PLP will accelerate delivery of the scheme by committing to a first phase of speculatively built units and in line with similar PLP developments around the UK, these buildings will be designed to achieve the UK Green Building Council’s (UKGBC) Net Zero Carbon Ready accreditation. This is a policy we are really excited about and demonstrates real commitment to combatting climate change.

To achieve Net Zero Carbon Ready status, PLP and its consultants assess carbon emissions from construction through a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of materials and products and then reduce these emissions through the inclusion of materials with a lower carbon footprint.

The buildings are also designed to promote energy efficient and low carbon operation, with inclusion of solar photovoltaics, air source heat pumps and 100% LED lighting. Further design enhancements including roof strengthening and extended underground ducting enables our occupiers to install more solar photovoltaics, battery storage facilities and additional electric vehicle charging points in the future, to further enhance operational building performance.

PLP then mitigates remaining construction carbon emissions to net zero by funding high quality carbon offset projects around the world, enabling PLP to achieve CarbonNeutral® development certification through The CarbonNeutral Protocol.

What is key is that these Net Zero Carbon Ready developments then enable occupiers to easily and cost effectively transition to and maintain net zero carbon operations for the entire life of the facility.

In delivering such an exciting scheme in St Helens, PLP know that they need to work closely with key stakeholders, local business and residents. This will ensure that the development truly meets their needs and aspirations as well as maximising the benefits that will be felt locally. Becoming a strategic partner of St Helens Chamber is a key part of this, providing PLP with the opportunity to engage with a whole range of St Helens businesses and truly understand the challenges facing the local community.

Keith Wilson, Development Director of PLP said “I’ve had the privilege of working closely with St Helens Chamber before and I’m really excited to be doing so again. This relationship will really help us to identify ways to make a difference for local businesses and local residents seeking training and job opportunities. We will ensure that our proposed major economic investment will result in a hugely positive, lasting legacy for St Helens.”

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