Ecological record: The Škoda Ostrov site has undergone almost one-hundred percent recycling. Photo by Panattoni Europe
With an excellent result, the developer Panattoni Europe has completed the removal of the original buildings and the remediation of the former Škoda Ostrov site in Karlovy Vary, where it is preparing the construction of the new Panattoni Park Ostrov North industrial zone. During the revitalisation of a large area of brownfield, a record 98.7% of demolition waste was sorted and recycled in accordance with the requirements of the Czech Environmental Inspectorate, which meant it did not have to be taken to landfill. Out of this volume, an extraordinary 96.7% of demolition waste was recycled and adapted on site and will be used as a substitute for natural resources. In this way, we managed to significantly reduce the impact on the environment and the immediate surroundings. Demolition and remediation work was carried out by APB – PLZEŇ a.s.
revitalisation of the former trolleybus factory began last year symbolically with
a careful chimney demolition without the use of explosives and continued in the
spirit of sustainable development to the end. As part of the initial remediation,
12,700 tons of hazardous waste were sorted on site according to the type of
contamination. All material containing hazardous substances was deposited in
special landfills or disposed of in incineration plants according to ČIZP
(Czech Environmental Inspectorate) requirements. 106,400 tonnes of demolition
waste remained. By comparison, the largest cruise ship in the world, the Symphony
of the Seas, weighs about twice as much. Panattoni Europe plans to re-use
103,000 tonnes of recycled material instead of primary natural raw materials to
construct the industrial zone. To give some idea, this saves around 10,300
truck journeys off the site.
“It is an honour to declare that Panattoni Park Ostrov
North will be the first Czech industrial zone with such extraordinary environmental
overlap. In other words, there will be almost 100% recycling of brownfield land,
which was one of the largest in the Czech Republic. I consider this a truly
extraordinary environmental achievement because we have managed to achieve a
record-breaking use of secondary raw materials while at the same time minimising
removal, landfilling and future material imports. I’m sure I don’t have to
point out that the ecological burden on the adjacent locality is very
pronounced for such a huge reconstruction. I would also like to emphasise that
we have only allocated material for recycling, which was approved by the Czech
Environmental Inspectorate as reusable,” says
Pavel Sovička, CEO of Panattoni Europe for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Europe is renowned in the Czech Republic for innovations in sustainable
development, but thanks to the Ostrov project it has raised the ecological bar
even higher. Already in the preparation stage and during remediation,
demolition and reclamation work, under the supervision of an authorised person,
unique ecological BREEAM methodology was applied, the certification
requirements of which go beyond domestic legislation and set the environmental
standard for best practices in building design and implementation.
“Our ambition, after the project is completed, is to
get BREEAM Excellent certification. Thanks to excellent cooperation with the demolition
company APB – PLZEŇ, we were able to measure very detailed parameters. We
measured the carbon footprint of construction machinery, freight transport of
materials and passenger transport of employees. We not only monitored the
length of time that demolition machines were operated and their consumption,
but also, for example, the total distance travelled by all the technology,” says Marcela Bernátová, Panattoni Europe’s Sustainability and Cost
Manager for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The revitalisation of brownfield, which is one of the largest in the history of the Czech Republic, has been completed on the Škoda Ostrov site. The investment in demolition and remediation works amounted to about 65 million Czech crowns and had to be done without any subsidies. The modern industrial park called Panattoni Park Ostrov North will offer investors 120,000 m2 of rentable industrial space, and Karlovy Vary and the surrounding area up to 1,000 new jobs.
Source: Panattoni Europe
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