PricewaterhouseCoopers new office awarded first London BREEAM 'Outstanding'
The new building for professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP at More London is the first building in the capital, and the first major office in the UK to be awarded the BREEAM rating of ‘Outstanding’. The energy performance of the new building provides a 70% improvement on building regulations with an EPC ‘A’ rating. As such, 25% of the energy used in the new building will be produced on site.
The building’s shell is now complete and is currently being fitted out internally. It is due for full occupation in early 2011. 5500 people will be based in the ten storey building, which is set to feature four restaurants, 240 cycle spaces, a roof terrace, onsite energy generation facilities using recycled cooking oil and the use of solar thermal panels.
PwC’s vision for the 48,000 sq m office on the south bank of the Thames in London was to ‘raise the bar’ for the sustainable design of office buildings. Aggregates used in the office build were from predominantly recycled sources, part of a strategy to integrate sustainable products and materials throughout the site, delivering both affordable and sustainable environmentally friendly features to the building. In order to integrate sustainability into business strategy, the firm worked with multidisciplinary design consultancy BDP, to meet, and then exceed the BREEAM standards.
To achieve the rating, the site at More London had to meet or exceed a challenging score of 85% against strict criteria. Environmental innovations used in the project include the use of 80% recycled aggregate within the concrete used and the recycling of waste heat to cool and warm the building.
Foster & Partners were the architects on this project, working in collaboration with sustainability consultants, BDP.