Nestle Waters, Project Merlin, Buxton

Client: Nestle Waters
Architect: Fletcher Rae
Cost: £14 million
Completion: Spring 2012
BREEAM: Excellent

The project comprised a new processing and warehouse distribution centre of over 23,000m2 in area for Nestle Waters in Buxton. Fresh spring water is piped from the historical source in Buxton over 4km to the new facility. The processing area where the main water bottling activity takes place consists of long span steel portal frames providing a 40m x 65m column free area for the bottling lines. The steel creates a beautiful feature wave formed roof, required to achieve planning approval in the sensitive area of the High Peak. The warehouse also consists of a high bay portal frame. To achieve the structural bearing capacities, lime stabilisation measures were used beneath the building and external slabs. Surface water runoff is directed to a large infiltration pond with to satisfy SUDS obligations. The project is highly sustainable and has achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification, with low carbon emissions, water efficient specifications and ecological enhancements.