Warehouse developer Baytree is set to open two new-build units, covering a combined 180,000 sq ft, in Milton Keynes in December this year.

The company has announced building work is set to begin shortly following the award of the building contract to Glencar Construction this week.

Baytree said the 10.4 acre site, at Fenny Lock, Milton Keynes, aims to be "one of the most sustainable logistics developments ever built in the UK".

The scheme has been specified to be BREEAM “Excellent” and will feature sustainable design features such as the use of an extensive sensor suite to constantly monitor indoor air and water quality.

In addition, circular economy principles will be used to ensure future materials used can be returned to industry and endlessly remanufactured without a loss in quality.

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The development will also include separate ancillary office pods with roof garden terraces, and on-site water-saving measures as a part of a sustainable drainage system which includes the harvesting of rainwater for re-use on site.

The development will also provide outdoor gyms and training areas, edible vegetation and reclaimed timber seating.

Jonathan Fenton Jones, Baytree operations director, said: “Baytree is delighted to partner with Glencar for the construction of this unique scheme.

"The commitments made together in our partnering charter will facilitate us pushing further than ever before in facilitating energy savings, CO2 reduction, enhanced working environments and operational cost savings for our customers. We are confident that Glencar will deliver an outstanding scheme.”

Glencar MD Eddie McGillycuddy said: “This is the first contract that Glencar has been awarded by Baytree and we are very happy to have been appointed to such a high-profile and ground-breaking development.

"Some of the enhancements that will feature within the specification of this scheme are pioneering and we look forward to working closely with Baytree and the professional team."