Thorn Keeps the Beer Flowing at Adnams Distribution Centre

P ADNAMSThorn has provided lighting to meet the stringent objectives of Adnams Brewery for the company’s eco-friendly distribution centre in Reydon, Suffolk by reducing the number of fittings and associated energy consumption and switching to LED.

Adnams aspires to reduce its carbon footprint every year, largely through a reduction in energy consumption and carbon footprint.

Established in 1872, Adnams is best-known as a brewer of beer with a strong sustainability ethos and the 4,400m2 distribution centre stores beers, wines and spirits from both Adnams’ own production and its suppliers.  The distribution centre, which opened in Reydon in 2006, was the first industrial building in the UK to be built using entirely sustainable material and features hemp-lined building blocks and a green roof that actually absorbs carbon. It houses a 5,000m2 green/sedum roof and is made from locally grown hemp and lime bricks with sustainable glulam wooden beams for support. This ensures the building is very insulated and no artificial cooling or heating is needed to maintain a cool 13-16 degrees C inside.

Thorn had already successfully refurbished some of Adnam’s offices with LED lighting, in addition to undertaking maintenance projects to replace fittings when failures occurred. Based on the quality of Thorn’s products and the integrity and expertise of its service, Adnams approached Thorn to renew the lighting at its Reydon based distribution centre in Suffolk.

The existing lighting scheme was a 10-year-old mix of inefficient fluorescent, metal halide and compact fluorescent lamps and, with Adnams enviable track-record for being a leading environmentally conscious business, the solution had to reduce energy consumption and carbon whilst providing a better lit environment for employees.

In the distribution centre’s key industrial areas, including the main warehouse, cask bay and goods in area, Thorn’s HiPak Pro LED high bay luminaires have been installed to meet the stringent requirement of the customer on all counts. With high efficiency (135 Llm/W), HiPak Pro LED makes particularly significant energy savings in comparison to the previous lamps whilst providing a better quality of light than the previous luminaires. Installing LED lamps has also reduced the heat emitted from the lights, lowering the temperature and making it easier to maintain the 13-16 degrees C temperature inside.

Thorn’s IP65 rated dust and moisture resistant Aquaforce ll LED has been fitted in several other industrial areas including the loading bay, caged and parcel areas. Other refurbishment areas include the toilets with Cetus LED. As a recessed LED downlight sealed to IP44, Cetus LED is designed for one for one replacements of traditional compact fluorescent downlights. The next phase will see the refurbishment of the offices which will include the introduction of lighting controls to maximise energy savings.

Benedict Orchard, Adnam’s Environmental Sustainability Manager, commented “We look for suppliers who follow similar values to ours around pride and passion for the product and company, integrity, individuality and responsibility. Thorn successfully met our objectives, including to reduce the number of light fittings and energy consumption within the building. Minimal disruption occurred and our staff are very happy with the products. The new lighting makes the whole site not only a better environment to work in but also visually more pleasing, which is important when stocking high quality products”.


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