Kent independent builders and timber merchant Homeleigh Timber Supplies is moving to a new depot to make the business more efficient and more sustainable.
The merchant, a member of buying group NBG LLP, has operated from a town centre site in Staplehurst, near Maidstone, since 1957 as well as the smaller Woodford storage depot on the outskirts of the town since 1990.
However, countryside planning policies have meant the company has had to work hard to get permission to redevelop and expand the Woodford depot and close the town centre site for residential development.
The scheme will involve the construction of a new 10,000sq ft depot and 2,800sq ft saw mill and will increase the size of the Woodford depot by 50%, to 2.1 hectares. It will be constructed to BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standards and will recycle greywater to wash external hardstanding areas and to irrigate the substantial areas of tree planting proposed as part of the scheme. The saw mill will have a green roof which will absorb carbon dioxide and help cool and insulate the building.
“The consolidation of our operations to the Woodford depot will save us 15,000 miles a year from inter-site stock transfer which will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the company,” said Trevor Jenkins of the Homeleigh Group.
“Nobody can ignore the need for more effective stewardship of our natural resources and our new depot will showcase the sustainable building materials and features which we supply to our customers”.
Homeleigh was advised by DHA Planning, who looked at how the company could use sustainability initiatives to overcome the planning restraints.