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Property consultant HQ a great example for sustainability

Posted by Marianne
August 22, 2013 in Property Development

The Manchester headquarters of one of the largest property consultants in the UK has achieved a RICS Gold Ska rating.

This represents the first office fit-out in the North West region to be recognised in this way.

The highest possible award for such works, it shows that the Norfolk House offices have been fitted out to defined sustainable standards.

In order to achieve the award, fit-outs must recycle much of the waste generated by the works. The GVA offices saw 88 per cent of its waste material recycled or diverted from the landfill.

The new offices also use lighting controls, which minimise energy consumption, and used only sustainable sources of timber. Wall coverings on the project met standards set out by ISO 14025.

A complex task, it was essential the project was delivered to time and to budget. The complexity of the job was made all the more challenging through the sourcing of materials which met the tough sustainable standards.

It was also seen as an important project for the reputation of GVA.

One of the senior directors for the firm, Mark Rawstron, explained:

“As property consultants it was important to us to lead by example by putting sustainability at the core of our office move.

“It is more important than ever to ensure that our existing building stock, not just new build, is up to standard in terms of sustainability.”

Rawstron went on to say how proud the company was to have achieved the North West’s first ever Gold Ska rating on a refurbished and renovated building.

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