When Broadgate Estates relocated to its new office, known as The Hub, the focus was on creating the right environment to attract and keep talent, and providing the best conditions for people to flourish and enjoy their work. This would provide a platform for Broadgate Estates to delight clients. Achieving a high BREEAM rating was an objective for the project team from the outset.
World’s first BREEAM Outstanding Fit-Out
97% of employees believe The Hub is positive for corporate image
86.5% of employees believe The Hub supports their wellbeing
Broadgate Estates is a leading property management company, which is committed to high sustainability standards. It is an independently operating subsidiary of British Land.
When Broadgate Estates was outgrowing its old offices and wanted to bring all its people onto a single site, the company relocated to The Hub, on the second floor of 2 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central. The project team for the 2,429m2 space included architects Magnus + Associates, project managers GVA Acuity, contractor Overbury and services engineers Edward Pearce.
Broadgate Estates, using its own in-house technical resources set a clear sustainability brief for the project team from the outset, including a minimum BREEAM Excellent rating. This was key to demonstrating Broadgate Estates’ sustainability credentials and capabilities to clients and employees. It also supported the delivery of a high-quality working environment for employee wellbeing and resource efficiency.
Wellbeing (79% BREEAM score)
Energy (100% BREEAM score)
Transport (100% BREEAM score)
Materials (75% BREEAM score)
Waste (89% BREEAM score)
Since moving to The Hub, Broadgate Estates has:
Broadgate Estates believes that benefits are also starting to reach clients. Having the right people in the right place and working collaboratively means that Broadgate Estates can operate smarter and better, speeding up response times and developing new ideas and innovations – all contributing to improved service delivery.
How to achieve the world’s first BREEAM Outstanding Fit-Out?
Broadgate Estates set a clear sustainability brief from the outset, including a minimum BREEAM Excellent rating. The BREEAM assessor Verte reviewed sustainability objectives at the brief stage. So, the whole Team knew exactly what was expected from the start and they really took ownership and embraced the spirit of the project. GVA Acuity set out roles, responsibilities and key milestones for each project stage. Overbury’s site sustainability manager also visited the site every two weeks, checking issues such as all timber FSC certified, progress on the Considerate Constructors Scheme, mechanical and electrical commissioning, recycling rates and design changes that might affect BREEAM credits. Overbury scored at least 8/10 on every aspect of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, reflecting care about appearance, community, environment, safety and workforce. British Land provided input, particularly on wellbeing.
How to evaluate the impact of the new space on employees?
Broadgate Estates wanted to have something more tangible than a ‘feeling’ that employees were happier in the new space. So, building on a wellbeing and productivity study by British Land at its head office the year before, they partnered with The Monomoy Company to measure three data sets, before and after the refurbishment:
The first data set shows improvements across the board after the refurbishment. The Team is now monitoring environmental conditions and organisational data.
Technical and Environmental Director
Steve Whyman, CEO of Broadgate Estates
“We are really delighted to have achieved the highest BREEAM rating possible. The innovative working environment we have created at The Hub, combined with recognition of the outstanding sustainability credentials of the design and fit-out, demonstrates the breath of capabilities and service that Broadgate Estates can offer.”