Speculative Bristol office building awarded rare BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ accreditation

A CGI of the Aurora office bulding at Finzels Reach

Aurora, Bristol’s only speculative office building, has scooped a rare BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ accreditation – an indicator of its excellent sustainability credentials.

The 95,000 sq ft building is part of Finzels Reach, the new quarter being created in the heart of Bristol by Bristol based developer Cubex.

The scheme achieved a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ design stage certificate under the BREEAM New Construction 2014 for Offices assessment category. It is the only office building outside of London and one of only six in the UK to have achieved this accreditation.

Gavin Bridge, director at Cubex, said: “Sustainability has played a key role in the design of Aurora from the outset, with key features including rooftop mounted solar panels, intelligent LED lighting, water saving technology and an important emphasis on creating a healthy environment within which to work.”

Other energy efficiency measures include a heat recovery system, which reuses waste heat and continually supplies fresh air to workers, whilst the solar panels will generate 29,800 kWh per year of renewable energy.

Aurora will be a landmark headquarters building in Bristol’s central business district of Grade A quality, a term used to describe brand new premier office space.

Gavin Bridge added: “We are confident that we will have a lot of interest in Aurora from organisations across the city and from further afield. It also presents a fantastic opportunity for companies working on the Hinkley Point C development to be able to take space right next door to EDF, which has its headquarters for the project at the neighbouring Bridgewater House.”