Our brief was to provide modern day offices to a high ‘West End’ specification, incorporating comfort cooling but still achieving a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’. The new offices were also to be capable of providing sufficient space for Richmond Housing Partnership, as well as creating useable speculative office space which would appeal to the open market for rent to support the business plan.
The building was designed to be energy efficient, even with the addition of comfort cooling, by concentrating on the improvement of the fabric and incorporating energy efficient technology (in this case is Solar Photovoltaic Panels). We helped RHP secure BRE Microgeneration funding to pay for 50% of the PV’s and put a contractual obligation upon the contractor to ensure that they commissioned in accordance with the terms of the funding, which is being viewed and benchmarked by end users and the public via display panels around the building so that the benefit can be appreciated and monitored. This is fundamental in ascertaining the impact on the whole-life costs of the development for both CAPEX and OPEX and will be used as a test case for future schemes.