Dorking Business Centre Goes Green with ┬ú2m Refurbishment
A serviced office property in Dorking, which has been listed on the officebroker.com website since 2005, has undergone an extensive ┬ú2m refurbishment that has reduced its carbon footprint and created an open and supportive business environment for clients.
The property is located on Curtis Road in Dorking, just west of the town centre, and provides a modern environment for clients with serviced office space spread across three floors.
The refurbishment was kicked off by the Carbon Trust to ensure that the work was planned and carried out methodically, and to the utmost efficiency. According to David Prior, Manager of the Dorking based business centre, this was one of the first steps of the process and the results allowed the team to make use of as many green solutions as possible.
“All lighting within the centre was stripped out and replaced with low energy options,” he said. “The air-conditioning was updated to the latest and most efficient Daiken units, and we offer a free paper waste recycling service which we are also about to extend to cover all waste streams.”
By 2011, the centre will have a 100% recycling service that is fully inclusive with each office.
“We are always looking at ways to reduce our carbon foot print,” David adds, “and our latest improvement was an installation earlier this year of a ┬ú28K unit called PowerPerfector.”
This is a piece of equipment that helps to regulate the property’s power usage, and has so far helped to reduce electricity consumption by up to 14%.
A number of other improvements have been this year, such as a 20MB Ethernet internet connection – the “latest and fastest” connection that is included with no set-up fees – and an IP and ISDN Polycom video conferencing unit – “so our boardroom facilities are top rate.”
Aside from physical facilities, one of the most appealing features to clients is the open layout and design of the building, which encourages clients to meet and network together, and has helped forge new business relationships.
“We built it leaving large communal areas available to our clients so they have a comfortable and professional environment,” says David. “It seems to energize our clients. We have found that by encouraging the interaction of our clients by way of the design of the space, that companies have found their businesses to be more productive.”
David added: “I know this is a fundamental idea and is one of the main benefits of a serviced office. However from practical experience this does not always translate. At The Atrium it really does happen, and it works, because the ethos of the property encourages it more than most.”
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