The UK Green Building Council is refurbishing its London headquarters the aim of challenging industry thinking as to what is achievable in a small scale fit out.

Sweett Group, Cundall and Sturgis Carbon Profiling join architectural practice Barr Gazetas in working closely with the client and leaseholder, The Building Centre, on refurbishing the 162.4m2 space.

The organisations responded to a demanding brief for a workplace that enhances the health and productivity of the co-located UK-GBC and World GBC teams, and delivers excellent environmental performance.

Julie Hirigoyen, CEO of the UK Green Building Council, said “We’ve set some stretching targets for our small office upgrade, in keeping with the ambitious nature of our mission – to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment. We’ve selected a design team who have not only demonstrated the solutions-oriented expertise needed for this unusual project, but who are enthused by working collaboratively.

One of the requirements of the brief was a commitment to sharing the challenges and insights from this project with our members and the wider industry. Of course, UK-GBC is in a unique position to benefit from the good practice and generosity of its own members, which has so far proven outstanding. So whilst we recognise the project may not be replicable in its entirety, we hope the integrated design approach will inform other organisations however small to aim high on the sustainability of their fit-out.”

The brief aims to balance the health, wellbeing and productivity of the twenty-five regular office users with outstanding resource and energy efficiency and a low carbon approach.