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Tesco Ambient Distribution Centre, Reading

Tesco Distribution Centre Reading

Architect: Ashton Smith

Roofing Contractor:  Hathaway Roofing

Main Contractor: Vinci Construction

Product: Energysaver (factory assembled insulating rooflights)

Project Value:  £27M

Completed:  2013


Located on the outskirts of Reading the new Tesco ambient distribution centre has been designed and built to support Tesco’s plans to provide thousands of extra products in stores on a next day basis, reduce replenishment times, increase availability for customers and save 8,000 road miles per week.

The construction of the 83,984m2 distribution centre on a former brewery site was carried out by Vinci Construction to a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard with the structure to emit 34% less CO2 than the levels imposed by the 2010 Building Regulations. It is described as the biggest food distribution centre in Europe with a capacity to hold nearly 100,000 pallets.

A demanding building schedule included the installation of some 13,000m of Brett Martin’s Energysaver rooflights by Hathaway Roofing. The factory assembled rooflights were delivered to site ready to fit as part of the overall roof build and were supplied to meet exact project specifications for light transmission, thermal insulation and life expectancy and in a profile to suit the Kingspan RW1000 composite panel profile.

These energy saving rooflights achieve a U value of 1.9 W/m2K and provide maximum natural daylight, allowing the artificial lighting requirement to be reduced at this large multi-span distribution centre and ultimately help Tesco achieve its ambitious zero-carbon business targets.

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