Our sustainable build
Westergate Business Centre was built using sustainable and de-mountable materials. These included lime mortar, locally sourced bricks, recycled paper insulation, a timber structure and aluminium roofing with a 50% recycled content. Wherever possible, demolition materials were reused or recycled.
Renewable energy features include solar domestic water heating, ground source space heating, natural ventilation and sun pipes to introduce more natural light.
In a bid to increase biodiversity in the area, the centre features green walls and boxes for bird and mammal species. A selection of non-combustible plant species is trained up the exterior walls providing natural rainwater irrigation.
The total build was offset by carbon balancing.
These features collectively earned the building a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating*.
*BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is a method of assessing, rating, and certifying the sustainability of buildings. It sets standards for the environmental performance of buildings through the design, specification, construction and operation phases.