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December 13, 2011

McLaren to build Asda distribution facility in UK

Hyatt Hotels, in collaboration with Hong Kong-headquartered Jinmao Group has opened the newly rebranded Jinmao Hotel Lijiang in China.

McLaren Construction has secured a contract from Asda to develop a £41m distribution centre in Kingsway Business Park in Rochdale, UK.

The facility includes 530,000ft2 chilled and freezer distribution, a plant deck with associated works, offices, a new car park, landscaping, a vehicle wash and fuelling facility, as well as a 131,000ft2 service centre.

Phil Pringle, McLaren Construction managing director, said: "We are pleased to have been appointed on this project. We look forward to using our extensive experience in the distribution sector; our industry leading sustainability knowledge and delivery track record to enable Asda’s ambitions for this development."

A dynamic simulation of the building was used in the design process, which helped the design team understand the building’s behaviour and allow for specification changes in the beginning of the project.

The specific design and construction methods adopted as a result of the simulation will enable the new facility to implement energy saving measures and meet its sustainability targets, according to McLaren.

The building has been designed to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating and an ‘A’ in energy performance.

The sustainable features of the new facility include collection of waste heat from the refrigeration plant to provide under-floor heating in both ancillary and office areas.

It will also feature LED lighting installed internally and externally using the lowest energy compared to similar distribution buildings.

The facility also involves the installation of a bio fuel plant and photovoltaic cells for efficient electricity generation, a combined heat and power plant fuelled by renewable biofuels, rainwater harvesting to ensure efficient water usage and natural ventilation design for offices with ventilation stacks on the roof to enhance performance.

Construction on the project is scheduled to start in December 2011.

McLaren’s new contract comes after it delivered two schemes in Bolton for NCP and three schemes at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, including an extension to the terminal.

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