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Lineage Peterborough Phase 1&2

Temperature Controlled
“Having Russell WBHO on board significantly reduces the time it takes to deliver additional capacity, thanks to their familiarity with our requirements and the strength of relationships within the project team.” Jonathan Baker, executive director Lineage Logistics


Two chambers covering 93,000 sq ft cold store to house 26,000 pallet spaces

First phases of £65m Superhub expansion programme

Award-winning scheme named best ‘Refrigeration Project’ in the country at the national ACR & Heat Pump Awards

  • Project Status: Completed
  • Location: Peterborough
  • Client: Lineage Logistics
  • Contract: JCT Design & Build 2011
  • Completion: 2020
  • Architect: AEW
  • M&E: 24.7 Electrical

The Challenge

Full turnkey development from securing planning to delivery of an award winning cold store for a longstanding client, one of the world’s largest temperature controlled logistics operators.

Lineage Peterborough

The first build at Lineage Logistics’ Great Haddon site near Peterborough is an award-winning example of temperature controlled storage delivery.

The planning, design and build was delivered by Russell WBHO’s specialist logistics development team, working closely with Lineage and a project team comprising Star Refrigeration, AEW architects, engineers Healey Consulting, cladding specialists ISD Solutions and Schaeffer Racking.

Refrigeration is by way of an innovative modular air cooled, low charge ammonia system. This system gives improved operating efficiency and reduces refrigerant charge. The air-cooled packaged unit incorporates twin screw compressors, air cooled condenser with reverse cycle defrost system – currently the only system to offer this within the UK, all within a compact housing built off-site under factory conditions.

This system allows for cost savings in terms of construction and installation time, and eco-friendly benefits due to the low ammonia charge, and is part of the design to achieve BREEAM Very Good status.

This was the first use of the bespoke modified Azanefreezer 2.0, a modular, low charge packaged ammonia freezer with patented low pressure receiver design from Star Refrigeration. With a refrigeration capacity of 600 kW it achieved a reduction in emissions to just one third of the UK’s ‘Best Practice’ guidelines cutting carbon emission by 453 tonnes of CO2 per year, earning it award-wining status from the ACR & Heat Pump Awards.

The building fabric was carefully selected to allow the envelope to be fully sealed to ensure a consistent internal temperature of minus 30 degrees and prevent moisture entering the cold store chamber. This not only prevents the creation of ice build-up but also reduces the operational cooling costs.

2020 – National ACR and Heat Pumps Awards – Refrigeration Project of the Year

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