🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 One Embankment Place
A prominent post-modern building, once so leaky it couldn’t be sufficiently pressurised to get a reading. Tired, awkward, unloved, and with a fountain that stank of chlorine – it is now one of the world’s greenest.
Original building from 1990 – refurb completed 2013
9 storeys, 450,000 sq. ft.
4,500 people sharing 3,150 workstations
Winner 2014 BCO Best Recycled/ Refurbished Workplace
👷🏾♀️Developer & Contractor
✍️Architects & Engineers
EPC A + BREEAM Outstanding (96.31%) = world record at the time
Emits 40% less CO2 than comparable buildings; 20% of heat and 60% of energy produced on-site = project cost paid for itself within 4 years
95% of materials responsibly sourced + 96% of construction waste was diverted from landfill
Cellular offices replaced with large, uncluttered floor plates open to the atriums – allowing natural light to flood in
Paints, varnishes and carpets all low volatile organic compound content – guaranteed by dedicated supplier manager
Multiple external terraces planted with herb beds and green walls
Sandwiched by major station, hotels, residential blocks, and theatre, it is in one of London’s most congested areas. There was only 100mm clearance to get the tri-gen plant inside: a real feat. Plus, it was refurbished while in occupation – “like doing open-heart surgery on a marathon runner, while they’re running a marathon!”, as described by a project manager.