🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 Ingenuity House
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.
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
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
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.