At the core of GHA’s architectural input for Severn Trent Water was a desire to give a radical lift to its employees’ working environment and to help transform the image of the organisation.
The two-storey building houses customer services and credit management departments. It now has breakout spaces and a restaurant/seminar space as its social heart. The floorspace was arranged to maximise flexibility and communication including sub-letting of areas if desired.
"Intelligently orientated and using a belt of mature planting, the building is incredibly efficient in carbon emission terms that bodes well for through-life costs which when taken together with clever lighting systems, water saving devices, pre-treated air and solar PV creates a really exceptional workplace experience for our people."
The building is also at the cutting edge of sustainability, taking it well beyond a BREEAM 'excellent' rating to energy efficiencies that are three times that of normal offices. This has been achieved by measures including cladding the building with recycled timber-composite vertical panels and using mixed-mode ventilation with preconditioned supply air from ground pipes and night-time cooling of the exposed concrete structure.
RIBA Regional Award 2012
BD Office Architect of the Year 2010