The RO Group is to start work on a substantial refurbishment of Silbury House, with the intention of making it the most sustainable office building in Milton Keynes.
Silbury House will excel in heating control, water saving, and energy use reduction. Cambridge-based proptech company InferSens will install sensors to measure water usage to control and reduce use. Power sockets from measurable.energy in Reading will indicate when energy is being supplied from renewable sources, encouraging use when energy is green, and enable the likes of computer monitors and printers to be turned off during out of office hours, and even fridges for a few hours each night, all with the intention of saving energy and reducing carbon emissions.
In addition to the tech installed, the building is targeting BREEAM Excellent and EPC A, and will incorporate recovered and reused flooring and will install on-site PV solar power generation and electrical vehicle chargers. Heat recovery VRF air conditioning and RESET air quality monitors will also be included.
Silbury House will work towards achieving Fitwel accreditation, the world’s leading certification system that optimises buildings to support health and wellbeing.
The development team include Gardiner and Theobald (EA), GSS (architect), Thomas Sinden (contractor) and Bray Fox Smith and LSH (agents).
Edward Rowlandson, The RO’s Group Managing Director, said:
Our redevelopment of Silbury House demonstrates our commitment to producing the best possible commercial property with the highest standards of environmental and wellbeing excellence. The city’s extraordinary environmental goals surpass legal requirements, aligning with the UK’s net zero and other environmental targets. We aim to do the same at Silbury and modernise the building to meet the highest standards. I am extremely proud of the long and successful association that our organisation has had with the city and the surrounding area and we look forward to reporting on the progress that we are making towards a completion that is planned in early 2024.
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