STIHL GB has unveiled plans to build a new 11,500m2 purpose-designed headquarters and state-of-the-art warehouse facility near to its current premises in Camberley, Surrey.
Due for completion in December 2022, the site will be home to nearly 100 employees and will boast dedicated dealer training facilities, an on-site restaurant, flexible collaborative workspaces and a technical workshop.
The new 9,000m2 warehouse space will utilise state-of-the-art picking and storage systems to maximise productivity, efficiency and the use of space. All logistics will now be consolidated onto one site, meaning a speedier and more efficient delivery service to the 700 strong STIHL dealer network.
Kay Green, Managing Director of STIHL GB, commented: “STIHL has enjoyed a sustained period of growth in recent years, and as a consequence we have outgrown our existing warehouse and office facilities. Our new purpose-built headquarters represents a significant capital investment and is a commitment to the future for our dealers and end user customers. We’re looking forward to seeing work get underway on the construction of our new premises early in the New Year”.
The new HQ, which secured planning permission last year, boasts first class environmental credentials including BREEAM Certification, the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for building projects.
It is proposed that two-thirds of the total roof area (1600m2) will be covered with photovoltaic solar panels to provide power to the new facility. In addition, there will be provision for 26 EV charging points in anticipation of the continued move towards the use of electric vehicles.
The new headquarters will also be connected to Blackwater railway station by a dedicated cycle path and will feature landscaped gardens with native shrubs and trees and a wildflower meadow which forms part of an integrated flood risk mitigation zone on the former Thames Water Utilities site.
The company aims to relocate to the new facility from its current premises in Stanhope Road in January 2023.
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It all started with a chainsaw, and to this day, it’s still the product for which the STIHL brand is best known worldwide.
Ever since Andreas Stihl invented the first portable chainsaw, the STIHL name has stood for revolutionary technology, driven by significant investments in research and development and a single-minded passion for making people’s lives easier when working in nature. It’s because of this that STIHL has been the world’s best-selling petrol chainsaw brand since 1971.
But the STIHL name is now synonymous with many other industries too, as well as with home gardeners looking for premium quality tools. The extensive STIHL range includes hedge and grass trimmers, multi-tools, pressure washers, construction tools, lawn mowers, lawn tractors, robotic mowers and of course, chainsaws.
A family-owned business based in Germany; STIHL employs almost 18,200 people worldwide and sells products in more than 160 countries globally.
STIHL GB is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the global STIHL Group. In Great Britain, STIHL products are available from more than 700 specialist Approved Dealers who offer expert advice and after sales support. Selected tools are also available from quality garden centres and from STIHL’s own online store https://shop.stihl.co.uk/
Whatever STIHL tool you choose and however it’s powered – battery, petrol or electric – each features countless innovations, exceptional performance and lasting quality.
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