Siemens opens £13m operations centre in Lincoln

The Global Service Operations Centre (GSOC) will manage parts and services to support the global network

Bloomberg’s London HQ ‘world’s most sustainable office building’

  Bloomberg’s new European headquarters in London is claimed to have been rated the world’s most sustainable office building. It has achieved an ‘Outstanding’ rating by BREEAM, the body in charge of awarding green credentials, with a 98.5% score – the “highest to have been achieved by any major office development”. The US media and […]

Majority of Oslo’s new offices achieve green certification

A record number of office buildings under construction in Oslo, Norway, are being built to achieve high green standards. That’s according to the World Green Building Council (GBC), which suggests 70% of Oslo’s new office buildings have been BREEAM-Norway-certified. BREEAM is a method of assessing, rating and certifying the sustainability of buildings. According to the […]

Costa to serve up green coffee with ultra-sustainable roastery

Costa has unveiled its £38 million energy and resource efficient coffee roastery in Essex. The new facility has achieved the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ certification, making it one of the top 10 industrial facilities in Europe for sustainability. It includes solar roof panels, generating 250KW of power and a rainwater harvesting system for recycling and reusing water. […]

Top sustainability rating for London’s ‘Walkie Talkie’

London’s iconic “Walkie Talkie” tower has been recognised as one of the most sustainable buildings in the capital. Officially known as 20 Fenchurch Street, it has achieved the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) rating, the global design and assessment method for sustainable buildings. It was given an “Excellent” post-construction rating of 80.2% by […]

Chinese projects using UK green building standard

Two large building developments in China are using the UK’s green building standard. Watford-based building consultancy BRE says it has awarded its environmental assessment standard to a £20m flagship building called the Living Lattice in Meixi Lake Eco City. The new urban development in the southeast province of Hunan is one of 240 new cities planned […]

Queen to visit Co-op HQ – the world's most environmentally friendly building

Today the Queen will visit the Co-operative Group’s headquarters which has just been declared the most environmentally-friendly building in the world. The 14 storey Angel Square building in Manchester is powered by a generator under its ground floor from crops grown on the Group’s farms. It is heated and cooled with a natural ventilation system […]

I’ll have a ‘green’ and tonic

Bombay Sapphire is renowned for its distinctive blue glass bottle – but what’s inside is about to become ‘green’. The gin’s distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire has become both the first distillery and first refurbishment to hit the level of ‘Outstanding’ in a sustainability measure. Based in a Grade II listed Victorian building, the […]

Zero-energy cost business park opens

The UK’s first business park with ‘zero-energy’ costs has officially opened on an old Britvic site near Wigan (pictured). The first tenants have already moved into Armstrong Point, which has nine business units where the tenants won’t have to pay any energy costs. Partly funded by EU’s regional development pot (ERDF), the scheme uses renewable […]

Siemens new London hub promotes greener cities

A new energy efficient hub to promote greener cities and urban sustainable living opened in London yesterday. Named the Crystal by Siemens, the £30 million uniquely shaped glass building in the Royal Docks is powered by electricity from solar panels and heat pumps. The German firm claims the facility consumes 50% less energy and emits […]