JAGUAR Land Rover and Prologis say a new net zero logistics facility built during the pandemic has delivered more than £12million worth of social and local economic value for communities and businesses in the region.
Located near to Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull manufacturing facility, the new Logistics Operations Centre (LOC) will support the automotive manufacturer’s long-term operations, whilst delivering a range of social, economic, and environmental benefits.
Built by the UK’s leading developer of logistics parks, Prologis, and construction partner, Winvic Construction Ltd, the project has already delivered £11.1m in local spend, provided 97 weeks of work experience opportunities and 118 weeks of training opportunities given to those looking to develop skills working in the construction sector.
In 2018, Prologis became the first property company in the UK to require its supply chain to adhere to a Social Value Charter.
This charter enables Prologis and its suppliers to measure and attach a financial value to the environmental and societal benefits their combined activities bring.
Throughout the build process, Winvic Construction Ltd recorded activity against a social value plan, which saw the company providing work experience opportunities, sourcing goods and materials locally wherever possible, as well as supporting a number of projects in the local community.
By consolidating existing facilities and through technological upgrades, the LOC is expected to reduce HGV movements in the region by more than million miles each year.
Meanwhile, Prologis’s approach to mitigating carbon in the construction process means Jaguar Land Rover’s new building is net zero carbon in construction (based on the UKGBC net zero carbon framework) and will continue to deliver long-lasting environmental benefits on both a local and global level.
Through a partnership with Planet Mark and climate action charity, Cool Earth, Prologis and Jaguar Land Rover have measured and reduced the building’s whole life carbon footprint and mitigated five times the unavoidable embodied carbon emissions (carbon associated with the construction of the building) by protecting vital areas of rainforest.
As a result they say the LOC is protecting 760 acres of rainforest canopy in the Peruvian Amazon, which is locking in 197,600 tonnes of carbon and supporting indigenous communities to protect the rainforest.