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World-Leading Sustainability Standards in Construction: A New Warehouse Complex Opens in Latvia
April 07, 2022
3 min read
The Logistics Park A6 in Riga, Latvia, features three new warehouse buildings spanning a total area of over 30,000 m2. This is the first Class-A warehouse complex in the country that has been built prioritizing sustainability standards as early as the design stage. One of the main contractors for the project was SIA Pillar Contractor who chose Pipelife’s sewerage and stormwater management solutions for the ambitious project.
Starting a New Warehouse Era in Latvia
The designing of the A6 logistics complex took place in 2018 and 2019, whereas the construction work was carried out in just 18 months, from 2020 to 2021. An older warehouse complex has been located in the area since the Soviet era. However, most of the old infrastructure had to be demolished, and three new warehouse buildings were constructed instead, with the largest one constituting almost 20,000 m2.
Complete Piping Solutions for Large-Scale Building Facilities
In total, Pipelife Latvia provided over 6 km of wastewater and stormwater drainage networks for the A6 park, including complete PVC and pressure pipe systems. In addition, over 200 Pipelife wells up to 1000 mm in diameter and 76 stormwater gullies were installed. The wells were connected using Pipelife’s polypropylene (PP) SN8 drainage pipes with a Pragma ID sleeve.
Pipelife also supplied PE100 pressure pipes for the water mains and firefighting networks, totaling over 2.1 kilometers. Due to the existing underground water supply and sewage networks, horizontal directional drilling (trenchless) technology was used.
Logistics Park with Sustainability in Mind
Logistics Park A6 is currently the only Class A warehouse complex in Latvia that has followed BREEAM sustainability standards right from the design stage. BREAAM is considered the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for infrastructure and buildings.
To meet the BREEAM requirements, the developments must consider the well-being of people who live and work there and preserve the local natural resources. Obtaining BREEAM standard is a complex process, and the park is expected to receive its certification in the first half of 2022.
A6 warehouses were designed considering sustainability as an important criterion in the selection of construction materials and contractors that would provide them. As Pipelife is a complete system provider, this results in considerably longer service life and fewer (if any) repairs.
The A6 logistics complex will be leased out to 10–15 businesses, and the total number of employees could amount to approximately 300 people. The state-of-the-art complex opened its doors in December 2021 and is already welcoming its new tenants.