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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 Arbor

Bankside green


Future-facing workspace in the heart of the UK’s first major fossil-fuel free mixed-use estate. Arbor rises above while restoring historic railway arches below.


📍Location

London, SE1


🏢Building Details

  • Completed 2022, 223,000 sq. ft. of flexible workspace over 19 floors

  • Dramatic ‘mega-frame’ steel design reflecting Bankside industrial heritage

  • WiredScore Platinum + WELL ready-to-achieve Gold


👷🏾‍♀️Developer & Contractor


✍️Architects & Engineers


🌱Sustainability

  • BREEAM Excellent + carbon zero

  • Optimised design = 45% less CO2 in building’s operation = equivalent to 52 return flights from LDN > NYC every year

  • Biodiverse green roof to encourage local wildlife and promote local ecology

  • Smart metering monitors energy consumption in real time; building is also part of a fifth-generation energy-sharing network, reducing usage by 30%


🥦 Wellbeing

  • Enhanced ventilation: fresh air up to 13.2 litres/ sec/ person = x3 higher than WELL standard

  • 6m high windows provide exceptional natural light + dramatic, inspiring views

  • Smart CCF façades, triple-glazing, and blinds automatically reduce solar heat gain for optimal working environment

  • Spacious terraces on every other floor – with larger terrace on 19th floor for yoga and outdoor cinema screenings

  • 330 cycle spaces + on-site bike maintenance + 28 showers


🎈Bonus feature

Arbor forms part of the wider 5-acre Bankside Yards development, redefining and reconnecting the Thames’ South Bank + Bankside for the first time in 150 years. A “secret” row of 14 Victorian railway arches built in 1864 – previously sealed from the public – forms the centrepiece of this hypermixed riverside destination.


🔗 Check it out https://arbor.banksideyards.com/


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