Planning consent given for sustainable upgrade to Severn Trent Water offices
Planning consent has been obtained by Glenn Howells Architects (GHA) and Severn Trent Water to redevelop the utility company’s existing offices into a new, high quality, low-energy office facility located in Shelton, Shrewsbury.
The 28,000 sq ft building will achieve an excellent BREEAM rating and incorporates the latest green technology and thinking to deliver low energy use, low resource use, flexibility and low impact on the surrounding environment. Materials have been selected for quality, sustainability and to sit comfortably within its setting. The main elements of the building will be constructed from a limited palette comprising recycled timber, clear glazing and natural anodised aluminium.
Dav Bansal, associate director at GHA, commented: “This development will provide a cutting edge example of how to minimise the impact of a building on the environment, as well as enabling its occupants and visitors to actively participate in saving energy. Physically, we have orientated the building to manage solar gains; developed a responsive and intelligent façade strategy; and low-energy ventilation solution to push the boundaries of sustainability in commercial buildings. The resulting design surpasses environmental standards, but we have not compromised on the architectural integrity of the building and have delivered a strong and flexible design.”
The design team includes project managers Mace
; structural engineers Arup
; M&E engineers ESC
; planning consultants Entec
and landscape architects Capita Lovejoy.