AdVantage in Reading has achieved a BREEAM rating of “Excellent” – only the second building in the town to ever receive the accolade.
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is a scoring system used to assess both new and existing buildings on their environmental performance, with “Excellent” being the highest rating.
Property fund and asset management company, Valad, put environmental credentials high on the refurbishment agenda to include ‘green’ features such as light sensitive fluorescent lighting, thermally efficient exterior double glazing and water saving devices.
Rare accolade in Reading
Nick Coote, Director in our Reading office responsible for marketing the space, commented: “It is rare for a such a high environmental rating to be awarded; Clearwater Court, Thames Water’s headquarters, is believed to be the only other building in Reading with the highest possible BREEAM award. AdVantage is therefore a rare opportunity for a company to accommodate themselves in such a highly rated environmental new office HQ.”
£2.5m refurbishment project
The £2.5m refurbishment project will complete in the first week of February to deliver a new 24,915 sq ft office to Reading town centre. Other features include new exterior cladding, high spec air conditioning, new internal finishes, raised floors and DDA-compliant toilets/showers.
Architects, Barton Wilmore, worked on the initial design of AdVantage as well as Clearwater Court. Architect, Greg Cunningham, added: “The environmental credentials of both these buildings are hugely impressive, and show that both new build and refurbished buildings can achieve excellent environmental standards. In both cases we have utilised the most appropriate design solutions, incorporating the latest technology, to reduce the carbon footprint of each building.”