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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 Ingenuity House

Spaceship green

In the words of the architect, “If it looks a bit like a spaceship has landed, that’s no bad thing. It’s a very harsh environment”. Adjacent to Birmingham International Airport, Ingenuity House looms conspicuously – challenging environment, green outcome.


🏢Building Details

  • Completed 2018, 5-storeys across 114,635 sq. ft.

  • Unites 1,600 staff, previously spread across 5 ageing offices around Birmingham

  • 2019 BCO Gold National Award for Innovation

👷🏾‍♀️Developer & Contractor

✍️Architects & Engineers


  • BREEAM Excellent (70%) + EPC B + brownfield development

  • Conspicuous 1.5m overhangs stepped between each floor provide a passive self-shading solution

  • Intelligent building analytics improves environmental conditions + signals early warning of issues, optimising energy performance

  • 40 tonnes of waste up-cycled using the National Community Wood Recycling

  • 76 solar panels – generating 19,327kWh in 2020

🥦 Wellbeing

  • Quadruple height central atrium: with café, restaurant + ample comfy seating provide bold informality + social core

  • Dome roof spans 50 metres, with large roof light for natural light to stream in

  • Multi-faith wellbeing room available for a quiet space, prayer or simply to de-stress

  • Lockers, showers, and secure space for 55 bikes

  • Intelligent space occupation system: detailed ‘heat map’ identifies meeting room and workspace usage for optimised space use

🎈Bonus feature

Both occupant and developer, Interserve self-delivered as much of the new hub as possible. Although each business had to prove competitiveness, around 30% of the cost (£14m) was kept in the family. Valuable office construction experience in a sector they historically lacked presence in.

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