A new energy efficient headquarters office building of 41,381 sq ft in the heart of Reading town centre, two minutes walk from Reading railway station.
Incorporating a highly sustainable design, 9 Greyfriars is the first office building in the South East to achieve a BREEAM ‘outstanding’ and EPC A, offering an exceptional, contemporary environment and low operational costs.
This highly sustainable building not only has lower operating costs, but has also been carefully designed to incorporate features that enhance occupier health, wellbeing and productivity.
Office occupiers will pay significantly less than a typical office for their energy consumption. Energy costs are estimated to be £0.70 per sq ft per annum, this is compared to a good practice UK office of £3.00 per sq ft and a typical UK office of £4.69 per sq ft.
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Ideally situated being just a 2-minute walk from Reading railway station, which has recently undergone an £850m redevelopment.
The station provides direct access to London Paddington in 25 minutes with trains every 4 minutes at peak times. There are also regular direct services to Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff.
From 2019, the Elizabeth Line will provide direct access to over 40 stations and will significantly improve access into London’s West End, City and Docklands. In addition, when completed the Western Rail Link to Heathrow will provide direct rail access to the Heathrow airport terminals in just 28 minutes.
Reading is considered the commercial capital of the Thames Valley and is home to many leading companies from a diverse range of business sectors including a high concentration of FTSE 100 companies and 13 of the world’s top 30 brands.
WorkSpace Group Plc is a commercial property investment company with Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) status.
The company has established a long track record of developing and refurbishing high quality, contemporary office and industrial properties in South East England and London.
Completed schemes are retained and managed from WorkSpace Group Plc head office in Reading.
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The BCO judges were impressed that as well as boasting an EPC rating of ‘A’, 9 Greyfriars Road was the first building in the South East, outside of London, to have achieved BREEAM ‘Outstanding’.
The care and thoughtfulness that led to this considerable achievement has been applied to every element of the project, the judges said.
They noted that the entrance and external hard-landscaping has been reconfigured to make the most of a challenging micro-location and the building has been re-clad in high-quality glazing that flood the floorplates with light.
In addition, the judges said the reception feels airy, welcoming and generous for a building of this size, and the materials in conjunction with the colour palette, gives the building a sense of style and quality.