In 2012 Nestle unveiled a new £35 million state of the art manufacturing and distribution facility in Buxton which is one of Europe’s most innovative and efficient bottling facilities. The key to the project’s development was a reduction to its total energy output, as well as the packaging used in its bottles by an average of 25% across the range.
Following construction, the project has since achieved a BREEAM excellent sustainability rating.
As the lead design consultant for the entire project, Fletcher-Rae Ltd were challenged by the location concerns and planning requirements, by introducing natural local materials and a dramatic rolling curved roofline, which was reflective of Nestle Waters corporate branding and surrounding hills.
To give the rustic and yet natural local stone finish to the building, Fletcher Rae chose to use welded mesh cladding gabions that were the preferred containment option for the rock fill. To meet the challenges ahead in the exacting time frame, Enviromesh were invited to Fletcher-Rae’s offices in January 2011 to discuss, detail and then design not only the complicated setting out procedures for the gabion cages but also the structural tie back methods to the steel framed building.