With the organic sector growing—and no signs of the trend slowing down—the former headquarters of organic food company Alnatura was quickly approaching the limits of its expansion capacity. The company decided to construct new headquarters, and embarked on the search for a suitable site that would meet their location and infrastructure requirements while also reflecting the cultural principles of the organization. Arcadis was instructed to identify and negotiate the acquisition of a suitable site in the densely populated Rhine-Main region. The restoration of a brownfield former military site was identified as the most promising option.
With selection and site analysis prior to the acquisition of a suitable site, structured communication with the German Institute for Federal Real Estate and the authorities in Darmstadt, and the provision of expert technical advice on demolition, restoration, waste management and geotechnical engineering, Arcadis was able to pave the way for Alnatura to relocate to a fitting new German headquarters in South Hesse.
The new Alnatura Campus is a sustainable workplace for over 500 employees, complete with a kindergarten, restaurant and gardens across a total area of 55,000 m². Alongside the smart use of sustainable and recyclable construction materials, geothermal and photovoltaic installations, rainwater recovery and an earth channel to pre-warm air in the natural ventilation system all help to conserve resources. The project has been awarded a platinum DGNB certificate from the German Sustainable Building Council — proving just how much potential there is to optimize environmental performance, resource conservation and functionality during the site selection and building planning process.