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Watts project scoops best workplace award

23/05/2012

A Bristol development overseen by leading property and construction consultants Watts Group PLC has taken top honours at a prestigious industry event.

Horizon House, the Environment Agency’s new South West head office, won the Best Regional Corporate Workplace prize at the British Council for Offices (BCO) South West, Thames Valley and South Wales Awards 2012.

Watts acted as lead consultant for the Environment Agency, the building’s occupier, supplying services such as project management, cost management and sustainability advice. CDM coordinator and BREEAM assessor services were also provided.

The firm was originally appointed in 2007 to assist the agency with site evaluation and selection, working alongside base build project managers Jones Lang LaSalle. The project team also included interior designers Harmsen, Alec French Architects and M&E engineers Hoare Lea.

Upon completion in 2010, Horizon House was deemed Britain's greenest building, achieving the highest score ever awarded by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) for its environmental credentials.

Among Watts’ key roles was influencing the base build of UK and European speculative office development to provide the low energy principals implemented via ground source heat pumps, high thermal massing, natural ventilation, photovoltaic panels, grey water harvesting and solar thermal heating.

More than 1,000 Environment Agency staff from three offices in Bristol and Bath are now based at the Deanery Road site, helping the organisation to achieve its aim of significantly reducing its environmental impact and fully realising its sustainable business plans.

For the full list of 2012 BCO Regional Winners follow the link on the right of this page.

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