Eco-park launch day looms

How Britvic used to look
How Britvic used to look

THE home to Britain’s first zero energy business park has announced its launch date.

Local property owners Dave and Mike Armstrong’s development Armstrong Point, now completed at Swan Lane, Hindley Green, is set to open at the end of November.

The former derelict Britvic Soft Drinks site has been transformed into vibrant, new industrial units, offering all tenants zero energy bills.

There are now just four units remaining to be claimed at the site, which will host an open event on Friday.

A company spokesman said: “We are using 14 low and zero carbon technologies, some of which have never been used before.

“This truly exemplary scheme has raised the bar in terms of sustainability for property development and has created an amazing opportunity for occupiers to slash running costs for their businesses.

“In any modern business operation it is enormously beneficial to accurately quantify your carbon footprint and take informed steps to manage and reduce carbon emissions, by saving money on energy use and providing cost effective ways to meet increasingly expensive legislative demands.

“Tenants at Armstrong Point will be equipped to achieve this and also prosper by making additional revenue streams from renewable energy sources. For instance one of our tenants has found a new market niche in producing a more environmentally friendly product to grow their business.”

Other benefits include sophisticated control systems and full Building Management Systems (BMS) to maximise the efficiency of the warehouse and ancillary heating systems.

They include optimum start/stop, weather compensation controls and automatic cut-off switches for warehouse heating when the doors are open.

Full training will be given to each tenant and an easy-to-follow manual to help.

Software will help to improve the savings and help tenants with continual improvement.

Dave Armstrong is also the managing director of Carbon Consultancy Company, the energy consultants who provided their knowledge and expertise in low and zero carbon and sustainable development which has enabled them to make the right choices from inception of the project through to construction.

The role was to help present the energy saving technologies to tenants at the site, to ensure Armstrong Point provides zero energy cost business space.

CCC will occupy one of the units on site, offering tenants peace of mind should they need advice or guidance on all their energy reduction needs, there will also be a demonstration centre were you can see first-hand new and existing technologies that were used in the development.