BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ for new Bristol office scheme

A speculative office building designed by Bush Consultancy has achieved a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ design stage certificate – the highest rating for sustainability.

Aurora, located in Bristol’s central business district, was benchmarked on the latest BREEAM assessment guidance. The project team said this represented the most stringent criteria for sustainability any UK commercial building has been subjected to.

The project has become only the sixth building nationwide and the only located outside London to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ status. Architects Bush Consultancy embedded various energy efficiency measures into the scheme, including solar panels, intelligent LED lighting, water-saving technology and a heat recovery system. There will also be electric car charging points, a roof terrace garden, bicycle storage facilities, lockers and showers.

Aurora will consist of six storeys, with each floor measuring 15,500 ft2. Its striking facade and double-height reception area will lead through to a central glass atrium.

The building is expected to be ready for fit-out by the end of the year.