SECTOR: Commercial – CONTRACT VALUE: £900,000.00 – DATE COMPLETED: November 2003
Bradford District Design Award – Building of the Year 2004
Building Magazine : Sustainable Building of the Year Award 2005
RIBA White Rose Award for Sustainability 2006
We were commissioned via a limited competition and interview to design an innovative office building for the Ecology Building Society in the Aire Valley, Yorkshire.
The Ecology Building Society seeks to promote the concept of sustainability through its mortgage lending and provides an ethical savings scheme in support of this. The level of ‘sustainability’ achieved in the new building is therefore an important consideration for its members, who take a close interest in how the society’s affairs are conducted. An aspiration to achieve a BREEAM “excellent” was set and achieved.
Our main responsibility was to provide a good quality working environment which responded to the specialness of the site and context with respect to distant views, gardens, extendability and flexibility in use. The building is arranged around an east-west axis which divides roadside cellular accommodation from garden facing open plan office space. A further aim for the building included attaining amongst the best figures nationally for air tightness, energy and water consumption. Some of the components incorporated into the building include a sedum planted roof, reclaimed stonewalls, rainwater harvesting and photovoltaic cells.