The Brief: This new office is the main R&D and administration centre for Speedo. It was commissioned as an essential part of a relocation strategy to prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games. The brief was simply to deliver a commercial building which had low carbon emissions, but which was flexible and adaptable.

The Engineering Difference: We worked closely with the architects (Maber) to engineer the building envelope to minimise unwanted heat loss and gain. The building was computer modelled to optimise the amount of glazing and shading for the façade. The internal engineering system comprised of a 4-pipe fan coil unit system which was a requirement of the occupier. The heating and cooling is provided via air-source heat pumps mounted on the roof of the building. Photo-voltaic cell arrays on the roof contribute towards the overall reduction of 10% in carbon emissions achieved by the use of low and zero carbon technologies. 

Key Aspects: 

  • Engineered building envelope
  • Heat recovery ventilation
  • Air Source Heat Pumps
  • PV arrays
  • EPC of ‘B’ (nearly ‘A’)
  • BREEAM Excellent
  • Intrinsically sustainable
  • LZC technologies

Value: Confidential 

Client: Miller Birch

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