London office awarded first BREEAM certificate


London office space, 52 Lime Street, has been awarded the first ever BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

BREEAM is a leading assessor of design for sustainable buildings.

The office, designed by Kohn Pederson Fox is not yet completed, but is scheduled to be finished in 2017 when it will become the European headquarters for WR Berkley Corporation. The global insurance company will take possession of a fifth of the building, enabling the firm to bring all its London employees together. The remaining office space is yet to be leased.

The planned 38-storey skyscraper received the certificate for building design after receiving high scores in BREAAM’s categories for transport, land use and ecology.

Built on the corner of Lime Street and Leadenhall Street, the new office is expected to be 190 metres in height and provide nearly 400,000 sq ft of office space.

Commenting on receiving the reward, WRBC Development managing director, Andrew Reynolds, said the firm were delighted that 52 to receive the first BREEAM UK 2014 New Construction certificate.

Reynolds said: “[The award] demonstrates our commitment to creating one of the finest buildings in London. Our team is determined to deliver a high-performance building that is not only architecturally superb, but creates a pleasant and productive environment for those who will be working there.”

By: Kirsty MacGregor

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