McLaren Races Ahead In Net Zero Project

A logistics warehouse scheme now completed in Leeds has met and surpassed its net zero carbon construction targets, delivered by McLaren Midlands and North.

Successfully achieving an embodied carbon target to practical completion lower than first proposed, ensuring a more sustainable build and reducing the carbon offset payment, McLaren completed works on Sherburn42 – a 660,000sq.ft. project in Sherburn-in-Elmet.

Net Zero Carbon in construction is a term that refers to the energy used during the manufacturing of materials, combined with the emissions generated throughout the building’s construction, these are then offset through an internationally recognised carbon credit scheme.

The project was completed at the end of November 2023. Maclaren was appointed by commercial real estate investor and developer, Firethorn Trust.



The 37-acre Sherburn42 scheme sits adjacent to the Sherburn Enterprise Park in Leeds and comprises the construction of four Grade-A industrial units ranging from 57,750 to 280,000 sq.ft., with industrial warehouse and office space to support core building services.

The design concentrated on helping occupiers reach operational sustainability targets. The project will be accredited net-zero carbon in construction by the UK Green Building Council. It is also set to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The hub features EV charging, full PV coverage and LED office lighting, alongside 4MvApower.


Whole Life Embodied Carbon

The Engineering Services Consultancy was appointed by McLaren to undertake a Whole Life Embodied Carbon assessment of the build at as-built RIBA Stage 5. The subsequent report showed that the contractor surpassed its project target of 550 kgCO2e/m2, achieving 458.32 kgCO2e/m2.

At present, there is no mandatory requirement to report on Whole Life Carbon outside of London. However, the UK Government is committed to achieving Net Zero Carbon by 2050.


Picture: McLaren Construction has surpassed net zero targets at a landmark Leeds logistics hub.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
19th March 2024


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