22 Sep 2018
Open only at 11am on Saturday 22nd September for a guided tour.
Just turn up :The building will welcome visitors at 11am for a tour, no booking required.
In 2001 Wessex Water, Bennetts Associates Architects and Buro Happold Consulting Engineers created the most energy efficient and sustainable building in the country with the highest BREEAM rating at that time for a commercial office building.
In environmental terms the project was acclaimed by the Building Research Establishment as the ‘greenest’ commercial building in the UK. It stands as an exemplary example of energy efficiency, low embodied energy, recycling including aggregate for the concrete structure and recycled storm and grey water and enhanced biodiversity.
Key features include:
Lighting controlled by movement
Solar power for water heating
The collection of rainwater for flushing lavatories
The operations centre beat 38 buildings around the world to win the prestigious Building of the Year award from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in 2001.
17 years after completion and the building, which accommodates over 550 staff, not only remains an incredibly efficient building to operate, but provides an exceptional working environment for all those who work there.