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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 Brunel Building

Robust green

Facing IK Brunel’s 1854 Paddington Station, this building demands a flamboyant, robust design. Spirit of Great Victorian engineer meets 21st century.


🏢Building Details

  • Completed 2019, after a 13-year collaboration

  • 243,400 sq. ft., 17 storeys – overlooking Grand Union Canal

  • 100% pre-let

👷🏾‍♀️Developer & Contractor

✍️Architects & Engineers


  • BREEAM Excellent + LEED Gold + WiredScore Platinum

  • Over 98% of construction waste recycled

  • 71% improvement in operational energy consumption over typical office fitout: raw materials, air ducts + service pipes exposed, absence of false ceilings

  • Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) system: x2 180m-deep (or 40-storeys) boreholes provide low carbon heating + cooling, taking advantage of stable ground temperatures

  • Diagrid external structure – a steel exoskeleton which took 3 years to build – reduces embodied carbon + provides 20% external shading on south side

🥦 Wellbeing

  • Canalside community focus: massive, sliding hangar doors connect reception + double-height restaurant to canal side with new 6m wide towpath

  • Adaptable, column-free spaces, for companies to respond to changing needs of their business

  • Spacious internal volumes – floor to soffit heights up to 3.47m – exceeding British Council for Offices standards

  • 2 roof terraces with expansive views, loungers, and soft landscaping

🎈Bonus feature

What to do with a 180m-deep borehole created by a geothermal cooling system? Fill it with a 2-tonne contemporary bronze sculpture – of a plug, of course. Designed by artist Gavin Turk, this giant plug called ‘Axis Mundi’ is visible on the canal side for all pedestrians to ponder.

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