Triodos Bank lets Bristol's greenest office space
05-07-2011 | Triodos will soon have a new home which reflects its ethos and meets the same rigorous environmental standards as the organisations it finances. Based in the centre of Bristol, the new office is one of the most sustainable in the UK and is part of the same development as the Environment Agency's national head quarters.
Eco-friendly building materials, locally sourced as far as possible, have been used throughout, as well as reusing aggregates from the previous building on the same site.
Charles Middleton, Managing Director, Triodos Bank said: "The new office is an ideal home for Triodos Bank, reflecting our ethos and meeting the same rigorous sustainability standards as we expect from the organisations we finance. A new central Bristol location will increase our visibility in this green city, while giving us the space to grow to meet increasing demand."
John Stacey, asset management director at developers Westmark, said: "We are delighted that Triodos Bank has chosen WestOne as its new national headquarters. This is a dynamic, ethical organisation that puts sustainability at the heart of all it does. The entire development is highly energy efficient and has been built with a view to setting a new benchmark in sustainable city centre offices.
"The letting to Triodos complements perfectly the approach we have taken throughout the project and demonstrates that sustainable development is commercially viable, even under difficult market conditions. We are now well placed to progress the letting of our last remaining suite on the ground floor and are in discussions with a number of interested parties"
Welcoming the announcement, Barbara Janke, Leader of Bristol City Council, which owns the freehold for the site, said: "This is a flagship building for Bristol and is an excellent example to potential investors across the country of what the city can offer in terms of first class, green office space. It is very good news that the ethical bank Triodos is moving to this location, and further strengthens the city centre's burgeoning list of companies that see it as a good place to locate."
WestOne has been awarded an 'excellent' BREEAM rating of 80.4% and the highest bracket EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) in Bristol (B) for a speculative office building for environmental performance design and management.
The work space is light and airy, offering natural ventilation and variable temperature controls for different areas. Running costs will be kept to a minimum through the use of natural light, as well as energy efficient lighting and opening windows. Low usage water systems have also been installed. WestOne's location provides easy access to public transport and secure cycle parking and shower facilities are provided.
WestOne is part of Westmark's high profile sustainable development behind the Council House and includes the Environment Agency's new corporate office, plus Deanery Square, comprising 55 eco apartments.
Notes to editors
Triodos Bank only finances enterprises which create social, environmental or cultural added value. Key sectors include organic food and farming, renewable energy, social housing, and fair trade. Transparency is a core value: customers are informed about the bank's lending and can target their savings to particular areas of investment. A range of personal savings accounts is offered, and full banking services are available for businesses and charities. Triodos Bank is an independent bank founded in the Netherlands in 1980. Its principles and independence are protected through a special shareholding trust. The UK branch opened in 1995 and is based in Bristol.
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