BREEAM Excellent office building in West Midlands gets go-ahead
Plans for the construction of a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ office property in the West Midlands, based at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, have recently been approved by Warwick District Council.
The plans were submitted by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), and include the construction of a single storey 37,000 sq foot building that has been designed to meet the BREEAM standard of excellence for eco-friendly construction.
The property will provide office space for 250 staff, and is being funded with the help of ┬ú4.7m from regional development agency Advantage West Midlands.
A range of green technologies will be used in the construction of the building, which will include the use of natural, sustainable and locally sourced materials during construction to help reduce the amount of transportation necessary, and which also boosts local trade. The building will also feature green features such as a ‘living’ roof, rainwater harvesting, and solar panels.
The building should have an Energy Performance Rating of A which will be 64% more efficient than a conventional office, and CO2 emissions will be 66% better than current Government regulations.
Commenting on the news that the council have approved the plans, John Bridge, AHDB chairman, told TheBusinessDesk:
“This is excellent news. We need open plan offices to help us fully deliver the sharing of best practice and other operational efficiencies expected from the restructuring of the levy boards.
“Our staff are delighted at the prospect of only facing one more winter in our temporary offices, largely built as summer pavilions for the agricultural show season and not designed for year-round occupation.”