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First industrial BREEAM Excellence rating in Cornwall
A multi million pound extension to pump manufacturer Watson-Marlow has become the first building of its kind in Cornwall to attain BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating – a measure of environmental sustainability in buildings.
According to statistics from BRE, there have been 15 industrial certifications in Cornwall, and Watson-Marlow's new plant is currently the only BREEAM - Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method - building to be rated as 'excellent'. It is also the only industrial assessment to go through the PCR – post construction review - assessment stage, which means that the plant was assessed as it was being built and not just at the design stage.
The Watson-Marlow expansion was one of the first projects to be approved for ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) Convergence investment. The £7.3 million expansion has been supported by £769,000 of ERDF Convergence and £256,000 from the South West RDA, with the large part of the investment coming from the company’s own funds.
The building was completed on time and on budget with an official opening held on October 14th.
Christopher Gadsden, Managing Director of Watson Marlow, said: “We are delighted with our new building. The BREEAM influence on the design has helped to ensure that it has very high levels of insulation, makes best use of natural daylight and has rainwater harvesting for both the new building and our existing plant. This will help to ensure that the cost of running the building – and its impact on the environment – will be minimised.”
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Convergence Partnership Office for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, added: “This ERDF Convergence investment is supporting ambitious businesses like Watson Marlow to provide higher value jobs and business activity. The Convergence partnership is investing in greener build to move us closer to a Low Carbon economy. Congratulations to all involved in this achievement.”
Ian Whale, infrastructure manager at the South West RDA who handles applications for ERDF Convergence investment for workspace projects, said: “The RDA is committed to leading the development of a low carbon economy in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and the new Watson-Marlow facility is an excellent exampe of the high environmental standards that can be achieved by new buildings.”
Environmental features include high levels of insulation, rain water recovery and air locks to all external doors to minimise heat loss and keep the atmosphere clean. The building has been sunk into the slope of the land to minimise visual impact, and 75% of the topsoil and spoil from the excavation was reused. More than 9,500 plants have been used in landscaping, including 25 oak trees.
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Since the Industrial BREEAM scheme started in 1994, there have been 519 certifications, of which 65 have been 'excellent'.
Convergence helpline telephone: 0800 0280120.
In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the Convergence programmes are made up of European Regional Development Fund (£347 million) and European Social Fund (£153 million) Convergence Programmes will run until 2013 and follow the successful Objective One Programme and prior to that Objective 5b.
The new high-tech Watson-Marlow plant includes a manufacturing ISO 14644-1 class 7 ‘cleanroom’, with 25 air changes an hour and temperature and humidity controls to create the optimum conditions for silicone tubing extrusion; two floors of offices and 550m of pallet racking. It has been designed as a low carbon building with an ‘Excellent’ environmental rating.
Watson-Marlow was founded in Marlow in Buckinghamshire in 1956 and moved to Falmouth in 1969 with 12 key employees producing mainly medical pumps.
In 1977 the company became part of the Smith & Nephew healthcare group and in 1988 the factory was extended to accommodate the expansion of the business into industrial and scientific markets.
In 1990 the company was acquired by the Spirax-Sarco Engineering Group and this resulted in further expansion in 1995.
Watson-Marlow specialises in producing peristaltic pumps which use the natural process of moving liquid by squeezing a fluid filled tube, so the only contact is between the tube and the fluid and not the pump itself.
They are used in a wide range of applications including the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, beverage, medical, paint, agriculture, ceramics, water and waste sectors. With no seals or valves they are easy to maintain and the simple changing of the tube is the only maintenance required.
The company produces around 100,000 pumps a year and 80% of its production is exported to more than 60 countries around the world, supported by 12 separate sales divisions.