0 Midas to build new Stihl GB headquarters

STIHL GB has unveiled plans to build a new 11,500m2 purpose-designed headquarters and state-of-the-art warehouse facility near to its current premises in Camberley, Surrey. It will be built by Midas Construction.

Due for completion in December 2022, the site will be home to nearly 100 employees and the company says it will boast dedicated dealer training facilities, an on-site restaurant, flexible collaborative workspaces and a technical workshop.

The new 9,000m2 warehouse space will utilise what the company describe as state-of-the-art picking and storage systems. All logistics will now be consolidated onto one site, which the company says will mean a speedier and more efficient delivery service to the 700 strong STIHL dealer network.

Kay Green, managing director of STIHL GB, commented, "STIHL has enjoyed a sustained period of growth in recent years and, as a consequence, we have outgrown our existing warehouse and office facilities. Our new purpose-built headquarters represents a significant capital investment and is a commitment to the future for our dealers and end user customers. We're looking forward to seeing work get underway on the construction of our new premises early in the New Year".

The new HQ, which secured planning permission last year, boasts environmental credentials including BREEAM Certification, the sustainability assessment method for building projects.

It is proposed that two-thirds of the total roof area (1600m2) will be covered with photovoltaic solar panels to provide power to the new facility. In addition, there will be provision for 26 EV charging points in anticipation of the continued move towards the use of electric vehicles.

The new headquarters will also be connected to Blackwater railway station by a dedicated cycle path and will feature landscaped gardens with native shrubs and trees and a wildflower meadow which forms part of an integrated flood risk mitigation zone on the former Thames Water Utilities site.

Designed by architect Hale, the new facility will have an automated industrial warehouse for storage of machines and spares with ancillary office and workshop space, as well as a retail display area and staff facilities such as canteen. New road access will be constructed from the A331 into the site, together with associated parking, earthworks and landscaping.

The company say they aim to relocate to the new facility from its current premises in Stanhope Road in January 2023.

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