French office theme is focussed on creating "green" buildings and letting space on green leases to ensure premises are used in an environmentally effective way. Underwrite seek to achieve minimum of HQE Excellent and BREEAM Good/Very Good.
Significant office development activity in Germany, where a range of energy efficient solutions are developed, from locally sourced materials, use of natural ventilation, chilled beam ventilation.
Refurbishment orientated projects, as opposed to ground up development, focus on using low energy components, such as LED lights, controls on M&E to minimise energy consumption during periods of low use, etc
Where possible, initiatives aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of office workers and nearby residents are incorporated. In the case of new developments, this typically occurs where InfraRed is placemaking. For example a public realm plan has been agreed with the local authority in respect of a 100,000 sqm office park to be built on c.7 hectares of former industrial land in Düsseldorf-Ratingen. Upon delivery, this will provide a pedestrianized thoroughfare, bicycle paths and significantly improved landscape specification. The regeneration plan for this former industrial site includes significant soil decontamination work.
At a 25,000 sqm office in Munich, not only was the building fully refurbished, but InfraRed re-landscaped a large courtyard, which is open to the public.