The office building of PricewaterhouseCoopers at More London has won the first ‘outstanding’ BREEAM rating in the UK.
BREEAM is the standard for sustainable design and environmental performance. The ratings look at many different criteria and offer an award based on the results. ‘Outstanding’ is the top rating, meaning the site has to meet or exceed 85% across all targets.
The PWC site at 7 More London met these targets with ease, with facilities for recycling waste heat to warm or cool the building as needed, amongst other environmental support in the building. The office is situated on the south bank of the Thames river and holds 500,000 sq ft of office space. PWC worked closely with consultancy firm BDP on the building. The site is currently being fitted out ready for occupation in the beginning of 2011.
Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Roger Reeves said, “We had the opportunity with the design process for the building, to take a blank sheet of paper and raise the bar, both for ourselves and others, in the environmental and sustainability performance of office buildings. This assessment sends a really clear message that planning for the sustainable use of resources, in detail and right through the process, can make good business sense.”
It is hope that the award will further promote the issue of sustainability and better environmental awareness within new office space developments in London and around the UK, both to potential developers and tenants.