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The relocation of the RWE npower offices within central London presented an excellent opportunity for a new refurbishment. As an energy company, it was essential for the new office to be as sustainable as possible both in design and in use. Morgan Lovell was the client’s first choice, based on its sustainable credentials and previous experience this field. The design brief was to deliver the new office to a SKA Gold standard. On completion, the project not only achieved ‘SKA* Gold’ but was also awarded the highest SKA rating in the UK, setting a new benchmark for all future office refurbishments. * The SKA rating is an environmental labelling method that has been developed to rate the environmental performance of fit-out projects, initially for office buildings in the UK. Developed by industry for industry, SKA Rating is designed to encourage good practice in fit out work and has been developed collaboratively by consultants, contractors and occupiers.
Staff in the new office feel that the space is more welcoming.
During this project, over 98% of materials were reused or recycled, including kitchen carcasses, workstations, tables and partitioning. 58m2 of carpet was reused, with the rest being recycled and existing ceiling tiles were removed, cleaned and reused. When materials could not be salvaged from the old office space, they were recycled from other sources. 100% of the timber used on site was diverted from landfill. The new kitchen worktops contain 84% renewable raw material and are degradable at the end of their life. Energy efficient LED lamps and high frequency lighting were installed throughout the new office space to reduce energy costs. Toilets were fitted with hippo bags to reduce water consumption by 33% and a water meter was installed that is capable of transmitting data to a central logger. Prior to strip out a detailed Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) was produced, providing an inventory of all fittings, furniture and materials available and set aims for recycling waste, minimising hazardous and non-hazardous waste, management of this waste, and handling of materials on site. A dedicated storage facility was also created to make recycling easy for staff. Bike racks and lockers were put into place for cyclists to encourage cycling as an alternative mode of transport.
SKA enabled the sourcing of sustainable goods, starting from a baseline of reuse. Substantial reuse of materials led to an estimated cost saving of £26,000.
"I have a target of Ska Gold for each major project we start. Out of the four Golds that have been awarded so far RWE npower have achieved three showing our commitment to sustainability. This project is the highest scoring Ska ever and I’m really proud of the whole team!"Dave Horton
Property, Sustainability & Capital Investment Manager at RWE npower