A new distribution centre for Lidl has opened in Newbridge, Co Kildare. The project saw up to 2,000 construction jobs created during the building phase, followed by the creation of a further 100 new full-time roles on completion. The new facility, which is three times the size of Aviva stadium, has been built by John Paul Construction. Energy efficiency is a key feature of the new distribution centre and Lidl has invested €1 million in its rooftop solar panel array, the largest on any building in the country. Over 25% of the centre’s energy requirements will now be generated by solar power.
Other sustainability and biodiversity initiatives at the centre include heat recovery from refrigeration and only natural refrigerants, a commitment to zero waste to landfill, roof-mounted rainwater tanks, wildflower meadows and a woodland area with 5,700 native trees to Ireland.
Denise Maguire Editor of Irish Construction Industry Magazine