Schroders' Battersea building achieves Fitwel first in Europe

An asset belonging to the Schroder UK Real Estate Fund (SREF) in Battersea, South West London, has achieved a European first for the Fitwel standard, which is operated by the Center for Active Design.

Battersea Studio 1, part of the Battersea Studios office development, has been awarded the first ‘Fitwel for workplace: multi-tenant whole building’ certification in Europe, reflecting its user-centric approach.

Tom Newman, investment manager at SREF, said: 'This achievement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the comfort and experience of our occupiers - our customers - an inherent part of our investment and business strategy.'

'As a ‘whole building’ assessment, the certification applies to the entire asset and all building users, not solely the base building and building management staff.

Schroders said that the building achieved 97 points and was awarded a ‘1 star’ rating. Sustainability consultancy firm and official Fitwel Ambassadors, Evora Global, provided assessment support.

'SREF continues its leadership within the industry by becoming the first in Europe to achieve the Fitwel certification for a whole building. This certification reflects SREF dedication to prioritizing tenant wellbeing, and benefits more than 1000 occupants at Battersea Studio 1,' said Joanna Frank, president and CEO at the Center for Active Design.

The Fitwel standard is a US-based third-party health and wellbeing assessment and certification framework that measures and scores buildings against 63 criteria which impact building user health and wellbeing.


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