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News - 11/11/2011

LSH lets first Passivhaus building in the UK

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Acting on behalf of Raynsway Properties, we have let the first PassivHaus accredited office in the UK

Ground-breaking office let to Interserve Plc

PassivHaus is an assessment system which measures a building’s environmental efficiency and the working environment. Interserve Plc has taken on the 6,000 sq ft at Watermead Business Park, Syston in Leicester.

Optimising green credentials and reducing costs

Jane Taylor, Director at our Leicester office, said: “Interserve wanted to construct its own new regional office in Leicester using materials and methods that would optimise the buildings green credentials, significantly reducing energy costs and positioning it at the cutting edge of commercial property design. Watermead was the preferred location, with excellent accessibility and prominence. Raynsway Properties were approached with the project and embraced the inclusion of a Passivhaus building in their portfolio.”

She adds: “Adding Interserve Plc to the already high calibre list of tenants at Watermead Business Park further enhances the credibility of the already established site.”

Reaping the benefits of energy efficiency

With estimated utility costs at just £2,800 pa the building includes triple glazing, intelligent external blinds, earth tube technology and super insulation.

Tom Watkinson of Raynsway Properties said: “Passive energy efficiency has to be the principle focus in delivering a low carbon development. The excellent collaborative approach on Watermead between the architect (CMPG), M&E Consultants (CPW) and the delivery contractor (Interserve) ensured that energy efficiency was built into the fabric and structure of the building for its entire life span.

“Raynsway offers a ‘can do’ approach to potential tenant’s. Addressing individual differing needs has helped us to attract some very impressive tenants such as Lafarge Industries, Flogas (UK) Limited, Sytner Bentley and more recently Dunelm Mills who have relocated their headquarters to Watermead Business Park. Watermead Business Park is the only large, premium quality office development on the north side of Leicester. ”


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