Oven supplier Unox has cut the ribbon on a new ‘state of the art’ experience centre in Camberley, Surrey.
The company said the purpose-built site is a ‘major step’ towards its pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030 as it combines sustainable materials, energy-saving systems, smart technology and the space to ‘future proof’ the building for planned growth and expansion across the business.
The multi-million-pound centre houses a development kitchen, a training academy and a 20,000 sq ft warehouse and office facilities.
The site is open to customers, partners, dealers and distributors from across the UK, where Unox will host regular product demonstrations, service and maintenance training, and deliver advice and support. The company’s culinary team will be based in the new development kitchen, using the latest Unox equipment and connected technology for live, virtual and interactive sessions.
A bank of 287 roof-mounted photovoltaic panels produces up to 100kw per hour, offsetting the energy drawn from the grid. The remaining electricity demand is provided by 100% renewable energy from BrytEnergy, a supplier of zero-carbon electricity sourced solely from solar, wind and hydropower.
The floor in the experience centre is made from Marmoleum, a carbon neutral substance made in the UK from 97% natural materials, Unox said. The office spaces are void of suspended ceilings to reduce the building’s footprint, while smart heating and air circulation systems maintain a constant temperature.
Scott Duncan, Unox UK managing director, expressed pride in the site’s opening. “Launching the UK experience centre is something that we have been committed to and fully supportive of since early discussions took place within the business several years ago,” he said. “For a company like Unox, it is important to have facilities that we are proud to invite customers and partners to – exactly what we have with the new UK experience centre.”