Handford Developments, on behalf of Ipswich Borough Council, has started work at the New Way Depot.
Ipswich Borough Council is committed to being net zero carbon by 2030, and the development of the New Way Depot is a significant step towards achieving that ambition.
With an expected completion date of 2025, the new depot will minimise energy and water usage through its design, generate its own power through solar panels and wind turbines, enable the Council’s vehicle fleet to be electric or use sustainable fuels and offer improved working conditions for staff.
With the appointment of Mannings Northern Ltd, contractors with extensive experience in industrial-based schemes, the first stage of the project, preparing the site, is underway.
Preparation of the site is aligned with the Council’s Corporate Strategy to be environmentally sensitive in all its activities; this includes, as far as possible, reusing the existing ground materials, a method called ground stabilisation.
Councillor Phil Smart, Ipswich Borough Council, Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Climate Change, says:
“In 2019, the Council declared a Climate Emergency, with a commitment that by 2030 our own operations will be cleaner, more efficient and net zero-carbon, the Carbon Neutral New Way depot gets us closer to reaching our goal”.
Colin Kreidewolf, Handford Developments, Chair, says:
“Environmental sustainability remains a priority for both Handford Developments and the Council, and I’m delighted to see Mannings start work on site”.
This is a significant step for Ipswich, showing that carbon neutral development can be achieved and I am pleased to see that work has started”.
John Irons, Mannings Northern Ltd, Group Construction Director, says:
This is a great opportunity to support Ipswich Borough Council to achieve its sustainability goals. We are delighted with the contract award, and looking forward to sharing our sustainable expertise delivering this key green project .