A leading office interior design firm has scooped a prestigious environmental award for its redevelopment of a Soho office.
Morgan Lovell won the 2008 UK BREEAM Awards ‘fit out’ title after it completed a near-impossible green overhall of a 1960s office on Noel Street, London.
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is a pioneering environmental assessment method for buildings.
The ‘greened’ office now includes recyled office furniture, a kitchen surface made from recycled plastic bottles and non-polluting clay-based paints.
David Henderson, managing director of Morgan Lovell, said the project was "ambitious" and that such a building would normally be considered and "environmental write-off".
He continued: "Now, the completed project offers a blueprint to help reduce the significant carbon footprint currently pounding the UK from office buildings."
Henderson claims that external experts thought that to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating in such an old fashioned building would be "very difficult, if not impossible."
BREEAM is currently the world’s most widely used green test for buildings.