Potter Space, which owns, operates, and develops five business parks across the UK, has won an International Green Apple Environment award, having competed against more than 500 nominations.
The Green Apple Awards are run by the Green Organisation, an international, independent, non-profit, and non-political environment group that began in 1994 to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.
Potter Space received the award in recognition of its strategy to build sustainable and environmentally efficient industrial units and the adoption of best practice.
Since adopting this strategy, two of the units on the Ripon business park have achieved an A grade on the EPC rating.
On the back of this success, Potter Space went even further by constructing Unit 52, its first carbon neutral industrial unit. The 11,250 square foot building was designed to European Heritage specifications and includes eco-friendly features, including solar panels, electric vehicle charging points and cycle parking.
Having been built speculatively, the unit attracted a huge amount of interest and was let, prior to completion, to tile importer European Heritage, which was relocating its warehouse from London to Ripon.
Speaking about the award, Glennys Conlon, Potter Space’s estate manager, said,
“One of the reasons I joined the company was because I was impressed with the eco-friendly strategy it had adopted.
“Having successfully delivered Unit 52, I suggested to the team that we should enter the Green Apple Environment Awards. We were very proud, therefore, when we were advised that we were winners, especially when we were up against so many other companies.
“Having achieved this carbon neutral rating, we now have a template to build a portfolio of properties for our customers that will deliver sustainable occupation benefits in the running of their business, while also meeting best practice standards.”
The award will also entitle Potter Space to represent the UK in the Green World Environment Awards which, subject to restrictions, are held in a different country each year.