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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 Southworks

Smartest green

Completed June 2021, Southworks is a landmark post-pandemic, future-proofed office. The smartest building in the world, it fuses technological and natural features. Industrial echoes create a modern translation of the past.


🏢Building Details

  • 7 storey, 70,000 sq. ft.

  • Winner of Smartest Building 2021 in The Futureproof Awards

  • Architecture inspired by warehouse aesthetic: simple concrete, brick and glass features throughout

👷🏾‍♀️Developer & Contractor

✍️Architects & Engineers


  • BREEAM Outstanding + EPC A = positioned within top 1% of sustainable UK offices

  • Passive design: manually openable windows + naturally lit + very efficient thermal performance while mitigating solar gain and glare

  • Lighting uses daylight responsive energy saving controls – including passive infrared (PIR) sensors

  • Photovoltaic cells on roof providing renewable energy source

  • IoT + sensor technology collects data on air, water, and electricity, ensuring resources are delivered cleanly and efficiently throughout; live data streams available for all occupants via Building App

🥦 Wellbeing

  • First UK building to achieve Platinum Smart Building Certification (2nd globally after EDGE Amsterdam) – technology-first approach creates safe, responsive and productive environment

  • Warehouse style windows + generous building proportions creates a spacious, bright gallery-like feel

  • Achieved Cycling Platinum Score: 105 cycle spaces, cycle repair station, and 4 Brompton bikes for bike-pool scheme

  • 8,000 sq. ft. of both private and communal terraces

🎈Bonus feature

A stunning double-height entrance is formed from handcrafted Italian crystalline cast glass bricks. These translucent bricks create a statement entrance while allowing light to penetrate into the lobby.

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