Nestlé has officially unveiled a new £35 million state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facility in Buxton –designed by Manchester-based architects, Fletcher-Rae UK Ltd.
The facility – opened by Nestlé S.A. CEO, Paul Bulcke, Nestlé Waters CEO, John J Harris and Environment Minister Lord de Mauley – is one of Europe’s most innovative and efficient bottling facilities and, for the first time, combines the bottling plant with warehouse capability. The new production lines have enabled Nestlé Waters to significantly reduce its total energy output, as well as reduce the packaging used in its bottles of Buxton Natural Mineral Water and Nestlé Pure Life Spring Water by an average of 25 per cent across the range, making them one of the lightest bottles in the UK.
Fletcher-Rae acted as the lead design consultant on the entire project, responding to concerns about location and setting by introducing natural local materials, such as a stone/gabion feature facades, together with a dramatic rolling-curved roof-line, which was reflective of Nestlé Water’s corporate branding and the surrounding hills. This ensured the building blended into its surrounding, while satisfying the requirements of a manufacturing facility.