Landsec’s new health-focused headquarters at 80-100 Victoria Street has set the benchmark for sustainable office space and showed what can be achieved when sustainability, energy efficiency and employee occupancy are prioritised at the outset of development plans.
The commercial property company began formulating plans for the refurbishment of its new offices in the summer of 2015, instructing designers to deliver on all 12 of their sustainability commitments as well as create a comfortable working environment that focused on employee health and wellbeing.
The project used BREEAM as a framework to set testing targets for efficient use of natural resources, sustainable design and innovation. Equal consideration was given to the occupancy of the building with natural light, open-plan areas, quiet rooms, a juice bar and roof garden all contributing to a positive space.
By placing BREEAM at the heart of its plans, Landsec was able to ensure its new headquarters achieved the very best in fit-out design and performance. This approach saw the building secure a BREEAM Outstanding accreditation with a score of 92.3% at design stage and also win the Offices Refurbishment and Fit-Out category at the 2017 BREEAM Awards.
Caroline Hill, Head of Sustainability at Landsec, said: “Landsec was committed to BREEAM outstanding to demonstrate the company’s commitment to sustainability and to provide a framework to support the delivery of high quality space which would enable the company to achieve its ongoing objectives in-use.
“We are delighted with our new headquarters and so are our employees. A Leesman workplace satisfaction survey demonstrated that satisfaction with lighting rose 25 per cent and air quality levels by 40 per cent when compared to our previous office.
“Furthermore, 88 per cent of our staff now feel that the office design enables them to work productively, up 20 per cent from our former office and significantly higher than the global average of 67 per cent.”
James Honour, Scheme Manager, BREEAM Non-Domestic UK Refurbishment & Fit-out at BRE Global, added: “Landsec has set the bar in terms of sustainable refurbishment and fit-out and demonstrated that BREEAM can be used to deliver a building that achieves excellence in design and build as well as occupancy.”
For more on the project go to www.breeam.com/victoriastreet.