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High Performing Buildings – May's Roundup

High Performing Buildings – May's Roundup
29 May 2024

This month's high performing building roundup includes a new Nike logistics campus in Corby, specialised laboratory space in Manchester, and the Best Refurbished Workplace winner at the BCO’s South of England and South Wales Awards.


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Nike’s UK Logistics Campus


Magna Park in Corby will house the new principal hub of Nike’s UK supply chain. Developer GLP and Nike have signed a 20-year lease for the five-acre site which includes logistics warehousing, offices and a range of sport and recreation facilities.

The campus will be delivered in conjunction with Legal & General, who previously partnered with Waitrose to deliver their first national distribution centre at Magna Park in Milton Keynes in 2014.

Targeting a BREEAM “Outstanding” rating and “Net-Zero Carbon in Construction”, the site will contain all of the amenities expected of a global sports clothing company: an exercise route of 5.76 km, a 2.0 km nature trail, 3.7km of other footpaths and designated cycle and walking routes in protected woodlands.



Picture: a CGI showing part of the proposed running track at Magna Park, with the campus visible in the distance. Image Credit: GLP


Greenheys Innovation Hub


Supported by the University of Manchester, the Greenheys development at Manchester Science Park is a joint venture between Bruntwood, Legal & General and Greater Manchester Pension Fund.

Greenheys Innovation Hub will span 131,000 sq ft across six floors with specialised laboratory spaces for diagnostics, genomics, biotech and precision medicine businesses. There will also be a range of specialist CL2 labs with supporting office space starting from 2,500 sq ft and up to 22,000 sq ft floors.

The site will be supported by technical features such as increased vibration resistance, piped gas distribution systems, enhanced cooling and ventilation systems, high-security access, and 100GB superfast connectivity.

Willmott Dixon, the main contractor on the project, will target a BREEAM “Excellent” rating for the project. It’s also intended to be the first lab space in the UK to be 100 per cent electric and net-zero carbon in construction and operation in its shared spaces.


 Building 3000 


At the 2024 British Council for Offices South of England and South Wales Awards, Building 3000 took home the award for Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace having impressed the judges with its proactive use of retrofit initiatives.

The building has undergone a complete refurbishment into 45,000 square feet of modern workspace, with a notable focus on outdoor amenities including a roof terrace (a first for office buildings in Guildford) and running track.

Building 3000 aims to be the first office building in Guildford to achieve a BREEAM “Excellent” rating.

Picture: a CGI showing the proposed exterior of Greenheys Innovation Hub. Image Credit: Willmott Dixon 

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 29 May 2024


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