The first building in a new UK science park is hoping to attract international companies with its environmental design.
The Thames Innovation Centre cost £8.2 million and uses geothermic heat, solar panels and natural light in its construction.
"Our environmental credentials should prove attractive to any company that is looking to adopt a greener operation," said, chief executive Lesley Anne Rubenstein.
The building is in Veridion Park and is part of the new Thames Gateway development. It offers London office space for large companies and ‘start up’ units for local businesses.
The park will eventually cover 68 acres and residents in its new offices should benefit from improved rail connections to France.
Commercial building designers are using natural power to help offset the huge amounts of energy used by modern companies solar panels and even wind turbines are featuring in their plans.