Plans for new 'green depot' in Ipswich submitted

Indicative image of the new green depot for Ipswich Borough Council

Ipswich Borough Council's planned carbon neutral depot. - Credit: Ashton Smith Associates.

An application to build a new green depot for Ipswich Borough Council has been submitted. 

Council-owned Handford Developments and Ashton Smiths Architects have led the designs, which includes solar panels, wind turbines to generate electricity, and electric vehicle charging points. 

The depot would be carbon neutral and built at New Way, off Hadleigh Road, in Ipswich. 

Chair of Handford Developments, Colin Kreidewolf said: “It has been remarkably straightforward – with the right expertise – to design a depot that meets the Council’s operational needs, BREEAM outstanding criteria and is carbon neutral.

"We have shown how it can be done and would encourage all developers to target a carbon neutral approach to new facilities by putting sustainability into the heart of design." 

Should the plans be given the green light, the depot is set to be operational by autumn 2023, providing a home for the council's refuse and recycling, street cleansing, and housing maintenance teams.

Colchester-based property and construction consultancy, Ingleton Wood, are behind the BREEAM,  building services engineering, and sustainability services for the New Way development, after being appointed as the Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) engineering consultants and Principal Designer.

Director and building services engineer at Ingleton Wood, Wesley Henderson, said: “This is an exciting project which aims to bring sustainability to the forefront within a key industrial area of Ipswich.

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“Using our engineering modelling and simulation software, we have been able to determine the exact requirements to deliver net zero designs and BREEAM Outstanding and Excellent ratings for the office and warehouse, and vehicle maintenance unit, respectively.

“The modern energy-efficient buildings will benefit from air source heat pumps, solar panels and intelligent daylight saving, while the overall facility also includes electric vehicle (EV) charging, supplemented by renewable energy such as wind generation. We look forward to continue working hand-in-hand with Handford Developments on this ambitious scheme for Ipswich.”