The distribution centre in Kojetin is unique not only in its size, but above all in the substantial savings in built-up area it offers. While the total area of the hall exceeds 187,000 square metres, the floor plan occupies less than a third, i.e. only 51,000 square metres. The height of the building exceeds 27 metres where the stair shafts lead.
The scope of the project is unique in the Czech Republic in its use of renewable resources through the energy of the surrounding environment. In order to make the operation environmentally friendly, modern photovoltaic panels with an output of 4 MW were installed on the entire roof area. This exceeds conventional domestic installations by three orders of magnitude, to give you an idea. The photovoltaics on the roof of the building will cover up to 68.2% of the energy consumed on the site. The entire distribution centre will be heated by heat pumps instead of gas. It uses almost 75% heat pumps for hot water heating - air, water.
The new distribution hall was built on the site of the former settling tanks of the sugar factory. Reinforced concrete recyclate from its demolition was used to cover the surrounding hardening areas. The entire brownfield had to be remediated and the environmental burdens removed before construction could begin. The actual construction of the four-storey building was in many ways specific and challenging in terms of the coordination of the construction work and the companies on site.
The logistics hall meets stringent environmental requirements and thus aspires to an exceptionally high rating in the BREEAM New Construction - Excellent environmental certification. This ambition influenced the construction of the building right from the start.
Being close to the rail site, it was possible to transport 6,800 panels to the site by train directly from the concrete elements factory. The weight of the panels exceeded 80,000 tonnes. The trains replaced the 2,267 trucks that would have had to be used to transport these panels. Just how far the building materials are imported is one of the many criteria that are assessed during BREEAM certification.
The emphasis on ecology and sustainability is also evident in other aspects. There are, for example, beetle and lizard farms, insect hotels and beehives on the site. The planting of 500 trees, 300 of them on the premises and the rest in Kojetín, was also above standard. A flowery meadow has been planted on part of the property as a source of food for the bees kept on the premises or in the wider area. There are more than 30 charging stations for electric vehicles.