21 JULY 2021

Grosvenor’s First Net Zero Carbon Office Development Starts on Site

Holbein Gardens is a redevelopment and one storey extension of a 1980s office building off Sloane Square, creating a 25,000 sq ft modern workplace constructed within the UKGBC’s net zero carbon buildings framework.

All contractors and advisors on the project have been challenged to help Grosvenor deliver against its goals of net zero carbon, zero waste and a significant biodiversity gain.

The designs by Barr Gazetas, which centre on retaining the existing four-storey structure, re-use of materials and the introduction of extensive greening, will be delivered by Blenheim House Construction.

Philip George, Project Director, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland commented: “By making environmental performance central to our success factors from day one, we’re now proving the huge potential for transforming outdated offices into exemplary zero carbon workspaces.

“The work put in by the whole team to drive down embodied and operational carbon has created a new benchmark for building adaptation and retrofit in London.”

An early whole life carbon assessment minimised upfront embodied carbon, meaning the development will exceed the LETI Pioneer Project embodied carbon target of 500kgCO2/m2.

In achieving this, Grosvenor has focussed on façade retention and trialling new low embodied carbon products including cross-laminated timber in the extension, CEMFREE Concrete, Thermalite aircrete blockwork, and reclaimed raised access flooring. Grosvenor is re-using existing steelwork from the building in addition to re-purposing steels from the business’ Bermondsey site.

Zero waste will be sent to landfill and strip out waste will be traded on re-use marketplace Globe Chain.

The in-use energy efficiency of the all-electric scheme will be enhanced through effective lighting and mechanical equipment, on-site renewable energy generation, blue roofs and sustainable urban drainage systems.

Biodiversity is significantly enhanced through the extensive landscaping and greening of over 11% of the building’s gross sq ft.

Holbein Gardens is also helping drive forward industry knowledge on delivering low carbon buildings. It is acting as a LETI Pioneer Project and is aligned to NABERS methodology.

Grosvenor is targeting BREEAM Outstanding, WELL Gold and Wired Score Gold certifications for the completed project.

About Grosvenor

Grosvenor is a property developer, manager and investor – we create great places where communities, business and nature thrive. 

In London’s West End, we support nearly 1,000 businesses and thousands of residents and workers each day.  We also invest in new neighbourhoods elsewhere in London, Liverpool and across the South of England.  

With a track record of over 340 years, we are part of an international property company improving property and places across many of the world’s leading cities, promoting sustainability within the built environment and enhancing the wellbeing of our customers and communities.   

We are a values-led organisation which represents the Grosvenor family. Our work in property, alongside Grosvenor’s other activities in food and agtech, rural estate management and support for philanthropic initiatives, shares a common purpose - to deliver lasting commercial, social and environmental benefit -  addressing today’s needs while taking responsibility for those of future generations.   

Thinking long term allows us to give equal weight to the environmental, social and commercial impact of everything that we do. 

Rachel Garstang

Head of Corporate Communications, Grosvenor Property UK

+44 (0)20 7312 2341 ext.6957

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About our environmental sustainability goals

We are working to a series of ambitious environmental sustainability goals:

  • Zero carbon: By 2030, we will achieve net zero carbon from its buildings, developments and supply chain. Our full portfolio will be climate positive before 2050.
  • Zero waste: By 2030, we’ll send zero non-hazardous waste to landfill from our buildings and developments in our control.
  • Valuing nature: By 2030, our portfolio will have achieved a significant net biodiversity gain. By 2050, we will be water neutral.
  • Bringing our partners with us: By 2030 all our suppliers will be compliant with our Supply Chain Charter through collaboration, innovation and supportive networks.

In December 2020, we published Think Zero, our pathway to achieving net zero carbon by 2030. In 2021, this was validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative and we joined Race to Zero.

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