Native Land submits application for net zero London office

Native Land has submitted a planning application to the London Borough of Southwark for ‘Building 1’, an 80,600 ft2 (7,500 m2) sustainable office building at its Bankside Yards scheme, on the banks of the River Thames.

The British development firm plans to develop an 18-storey office building, designed by Make Architects, to high standards of design, sustainability, wellbeing and amenity.

The application represents a change from the consented residential building to strengthen the commercial space provided across the project.

Conceived as a ‘concept workplace’ with architecture that creates inside/outside spaces and a closeness to the external environment, the majority of the office floors will benefit from views of St Paul’s Cathedral, the City and the River Thames.

The building will be fully integrated into landscaped green space, as part of Bankside Yards’ 3.3 acres (1.3 ha) of riverside public realm. It is targeting BREEAM Outstanding and a NABERS 5 Star rating as the development progresses.

Jay Squier, executive director at Native Land, said: 'London businesses are looking for unique and exciting buildings with exceptional sustainability credentials.

'As our next commercial building at Bankside Yards, ‘Building 1’ aims to meet this demand and exceed expectations for the modern, green and healthy workplace in an unrivalled riverside location with terraces throughout and views of the City of London.'

‘Building 1’ will be part of Bankside Yards’ all-electric energy network, meaning it will generate zero emissions and be net zero carbon in operation. In addition, the innovative double-height cutaway corners transfer load to the centre of the building, requiring less structure.

Embodied carbon is reduced by the building’s 6m x 6m column grid, which optimises structural efficiency.

The property has a 50% higher biodiversity rating than the GLA London Plan standard, with high levels of greening on the roof terrace and the surrounding publicly accessible landscape. Facilities include changing rooms, showers, cycle and scooter charging points, and 275 cycle spaces.

The 1.4 million ft2 Bankside Yards development will be the UK’s first major mixed-use regeneration scheme with net zero emissions in operation.



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