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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 World Wildlife Fund HQ

Attenborough-approved green

The wildlife charity’s UK HQ and education hub brings the spirit of woodland inside. With its light-filled arched timber frame, you could well be stepping into a gigantic treehouse.


🏢Building Details

  • 40,000 sq ft., 2-storey low-rise

  • Completed 2013, following £5m donation in 2006

  • Office space for 300 workers + education hub + 150-seat auditorium

👷🏾‍♀️ Developer & Contractor

✍️Architects & Engineers


  • BREAAM Outstanding – uses 67% less energy than typical office

  • Built on brownfield carpark site = minimal disruption to natural environment

  • Construction ‘take-back’ scheme diverted 99% of waste from landfill

  • Passive design: natural ventilation (facilitated by red and green ‘traffic light’ system indicating when to open windows) + effective insulation

  • 5,000+ sq ft of roof solar PV panels provide 20% of energy

  • Sustainable urban draining system (SUDS) – attenuates floods and creates wild wetland area attracting aquatic invertebrates

🥦 Wellbeing

  • Ample outdoor working + relaxation space: dedicated areas for employees to grow their own plants, fruit and veg

  • High ‘gridshell’ design roof: grid of timber beams dissected by rows of skylights lets natural light flood in

  • Egalitarian ‘deep-green’ hot-desk plan (includes CEO + Directors): clear-desk policy minimises clutter and maximises productivity

  • Sound-masking system generates subtle ‘white noise’, masking background chatter with soothing birdsong

🎈Bonus feature

It was opened on 1st November 2013 by Sir David Attenborough himself. He even helped plant one of their indoor fig trees. If it has Attenborough’s approval, it has ours.

🔗 Check it out

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