International workspace provider HB Reavis has launched Worship Square - its first fully net zero carbon scheme. The building aims to set a new benchmark for net zero carbon construction and operation.
Worship Square will provide c.13,000 sq m of workspace and over 800 sq m of terracing. It is also set to have 50% less embodied carbon compared to current industry benchmarks – equivalent to the average carbon footprint of 3,000 homes, and 18% better than the GLA (The Greater London Authority) 2030 target for commercial buildings.
In use, air source heat pumps will reduce the building’s operational energy through efficient heating, cooling and smart modelling. Photovoltaic cells on the roof will also provide renewable energy.
Meeting stringent certifications
Worship Square is designed to achieve 5* NABERS and BREEAM Outstanding certification. It is also aiming for a WELL Platinum rating, the highest certification for wellbeing – with a multi-functional fitness studio offering tailored classes, high-end changing facilities, 324 cycle spaces for active commuters, and free bookable Brompton bikes and e-scooters to enable active lifestyles.
To enhance the everyday experience, all employees working within the building will have access to HB Reavis’ in-house app - offering a personalised concierge service, an environmental insights dashboard, and a range of other services.
Smart tech forms the backbone of Worship Square. It has already received WiredScore Platinum and is one of only three schemes globally to achieve SmartScore Platinum.
Real-time monitoring and reporting of energy use and water consumption will support tenants’ drive to improve energy efficiency. HB Reavis’ smart technology platform, Symbiosy, will also provide analytics on everything from indoor air quality and temperature to room capacity – together with the ability to adjust settings and transparently show building usage.
With over 3,200 plants from over 49 different species, Worship Square’s biophilic design begins on arrival with a ‘green heart’ living lobby. It provides purer air too, blurring the line between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Due for planned completion in early 2024 and with construction already underway, HB Reavis’ workplace strategy is both future-facing and user-centric in its design and operation.
Inspired by local architecture, Worship Square’s eye-catching looks and stunning blue façade, designed by MAKE Architects, will create a recognisable local landmark and give the building a distinct identity.