Faithful+Gould Helps Deliver one of UK’s Most Sustainable Offices

Dale Potts
We played a key role in creating one of the UK's most environmentally friendly office buildings.

Image courtesy Steve TownsendThe new office, named The Hub, is a beacon for sustainable design - a fact recognised through its Excellent rating from BREEAM, the UK's most widely used environmental assessment for buildings.

Faithful+Gould led the BREEAM submission, developing the fit-out requirements and overseeing the migration management of 960 staff from five locations over four weekends. The consultancy also led Landlord negotiations on behalf of the Atkins group.

Designed, engineered and now occupied by multinational consultancy Atkins as well as Faithful+Gould, The Hub was designed and engineered as a showcase for carbon critical design - a term coined by Atkins to highlight the urgent need to make reduction of carbon a fundamental part of all engineering projects.

By putting carbon critical design into practice at The Hub, overall carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced by 35%.

The Hub brings an exceptional standard of contemporary sustainable architecture and engineering, proving that a conventional office building can successfully address sustainable design, while also keeping to a tight budget.

Image courtesy Steve Townsend

Martin Pease, Atkins lead architect for the project, says: "This building was designed, engineered and built on time and on budget with carbon reduction at the top of the agenda. It represents one of the most sustainable buildings of its kind and sets a new benchmark for the construction sector."

Key features include chilled beams and automated opening windows, energy efficient lighting, ground source heat pump and rainwater harvesting.

A green travel plan provides 120 cycle spaces, 28 showers and five dedicated bus routes for Atkins employees. The latest carbon assessment of staff commuting shows a travel carbon emission reduction per employee of 20% due to the switch from private cars to bus, cycles and car share.

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Notes to editors

Faithful+Gould is a member of the Atkins Group of companies. It is one of the world's largest project and cost management consultancies. Faithful+Gould employs over 2,000 staff with a turnover in excess of £160 million and has an expanding office base worldwide.

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