Wake Up and Smell the Coffee at Costa’s New Roastery!

The Brief

PBC were instructed to project manage the development of this new 85,000sq.ft. high bay roasting facility on behalf of Prologis who had entered into an agreement with Costa Coffee to create a new roastery to service the UK and overseas markets, representing a significant investment by Costa. A considerable amount of liaison and interface between Costa and a full design and project team was required to successfully deliver the development. The challenges to PBC included implementing change control procedures for agreeing changes to the specification with all the parties and allowing early access by Costa for its fitting out works. Costa then managed its own roastery equipment installation and office fit out, which was designed and constructed by Morgan Lovell.

The Product

Costa Coffee has opened what will be one of Europe’s largest coffee roasteries, this sustainable plant, based in Essex will be able to produce 45,000 tonnes of coffee a year, four times more than it currently produces in its Lambeth plant. Costa’s location is just 14 miles from Tilbury Docks where the beans arrive, this further reduces their carbon foot print now taking half the time to reach their new site. Costa has also achieved a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating at design stage assessment by installing solar PV roof panels capable of producing nearly 250,000 KWH of energy, rain water harvesting and solar thermal technology to heat water. The roastery was also shortlisted for the 2017 BREEAM Awards and aiming to receive a further ‘Outstanding’ certification at the final stage assessment.

Paul Philips, PBC Managing Director commented:

“We were delighted to be involved with this prestigious project to develop one of Europe’s largest coffee roasteries”