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The Cheltenham company aiming for zero landfill waste at its latest construction site

Cheltenham-based Pentadel Project Management is aiming to send no waste to landfill at its latest project.

The company based in The Promenade has designed eco-friendly new headquarters and a distribution centre for R D Johns Foodservice.

The four-acre site in Newton Abbot, Devon is under construction and will house a 40,000 sq foot building spread over three floors with frozen, chilled and ambient storage and an office and welfare spaces for R D Johns' growing team to enjoy.

Pentadel was chosen for the project as the consultancy is renowned for its people- and planet-centric design approach.

It is working closely with waste management company Go Green and select local refuse partners to mitigate the environmental impact of construction works. The aim is for nothing from site to go to landfill with any waste that cannot be recycled converted into energy to power homes.

The building has been designed with the long-term use and re-use of materials in mind. Metal stud partitions will be used throughout the internal offices, enabling for full recycle and reuse of existing materials in the event of future alterations.

Roof lights and windows are placed to maximise daylight and reduce reliance on artificial light sources whilst reducing excessive solar gains. Rainwater will be harvested via a dedicated tank, providing for all sanitary needs.

Staff will have use of a café and outdoor terrace for breaks as well as 30 bike stands and EV charging.

James Kemp, managing director of Pentadel, said: "We love working with clients who want to create happy, healthy industrial workplaces.

"This project is going to be a great example of our design philosophy and of all the principles we hold dear - we hope the R D Johns team will love working there."

He hopes the project will inspire other businesses to build facilities that put people and the planet at the fore.

R D Johns Foodservice is an award-winning food wholesaler and catering butchery which stocks more than 5,000 product lines. After 50 years of trading it is now relocating into the new headquarters so it can expand its staff by 30 people to 250.

Andrew Johns, managing director at R D Johns, said: "Working alongside Pentadel to design this new facility has been an exciting journey.

"The team took the time to understand our challenges, our ambitions and - crucially - our values. The resultant design is one that proudly espouses those values, and which is going to support our future growth."

Construction is underway and due to be completed in December 2022.

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