Cheltenham-based company aims for zero waste to landfill on its latest construction site


Pentadel Project Management, based in Cheltenham, is aiming to send zero waste to landfill on its latest project.

The Promenade-based company has designed a new, environmentally friendly headquarters and distribution center for RD Johns Foodservice.

The four-acre site in Newton Abbot, Devon, is under construction and will house a 40,000 square foot building over three floors with frozen, refrigerated and ambient storage and office and wellness areas for the growing team by RD Johns.

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

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

The building was designed with the long-term use and reuse of materials in mind. Metal framed partitions will be used in all internal offices, allowing full recycling and reuse of existing materials in the event of future modifications.

Ceiling lights and windows are placed to maximize daylight and reduce reliance on artificial light sources while reducing excessive solar gain. Rainwater will be collected via a dedicated cistern, meeting all sanitary needs.

The staff will have a café and an outdoor terrace for breaks as well as 30 bike racks and an EV charging station.

James Kemp, Managing Director of Pentadel, said, “We love working with customers who want to create happy and healthy industrial workplaces.

“This project is going to be a great example of our design philosophy and all the principles we hold dear – we hope the RD Johns team will love working on it.”

He hopes the project will inspire other companies to build facilities that put people and the planet first.

RD Johns Foodservice is an award-winning food wholesaler and catering butcher stocking over 5,000 product lines. After 50 years of trading, it is now moving to the new head office so that it can increase its staff from 30 to 250 people.

Andrew Johns, Managing Director of RD Johnssaid: “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 – most importantly – our values. The resulting design is one that proudly embraces these values ​​and will support our future growth.”

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

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