Legal & General Real Asset's major refurbishment project at 6 Agar Street achieved a BREEAM Excellent sustainability rating. Sustainability features are set to reduce absolute CO2 emissions by 60% compared to the existing building and water use by 39% per person.
60% lower absolute co2 emissions
222 tonnes co2 saved per year
39% less water use per person
Legal & General Real Assets is one of the largest institutional property fund managers in the UK.
At 6 Agar Street in Covent Garden, central London, the company is carrying out a major refurbishment project. The original structure and façades were retained for the building, originally completed in 1985. The scheme includes adding a fifth floor and partially infilling a light well to increase floor space to 5,300 sq m from 4,550 sq m. Additional terraces were also created on three floors, as well as green roof space.
The office space is situated above a gym and a restaurant, which continued trading throughout the refurbishment. Once completed, the offices are designed to be accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The leases for future occupiers contain green clauses and the management documents include a comprehensive waste management strategy.
How to justify additional expenditure?
Additional expenditure enabled Legal & General Real Assets to achieve its key aim of creating sustainable, grade A office space with an excellent working environment.
For instance, investment in outdoor terrace space on levels 1, 2 and 5 will provide a better working environment. In addition, these terraces are planted and, when combined with the green roof, will enhance biodiversity and assist with moderate rainwater run-off.
The new shower facilities and cycle storage cost £125,000 and will reduce income from existing car spaces, as cycle spaces are provided free of charge. However, providing facilities for cyclists encourages green travel, contributed to the building’s BREEAM Excellent rating and is a frequent request by the majority of occupiers.
How to carry out work whilst the gym and restaurant continue to trade on the ground floor?
Occupiers were notified in advance about any construction work that would affect them, such as service routes through occupied premises and noise during construction. Early discussions meant that the construction team could anticipate problems, working with occupiers to overcome specific issues.
During the course of the construction, occupiers were also given a direct contact in the contractor’s team, so that any urgent issues could be addressed immediately.
How to operate the building efficiently?
Managing agent Jones Lang LaSalle was involved in the briefing of occupiers’ requirements into the design to help ensure the building can operate efficiently from day one. The team also received full training on the operation of the new building and will be able to pass this knowledge on to incoming occupiers.
Head of Sustainability
Legal and General Investment Management
Simon Wilkes, Head of Business Space Development, Legal & General Real Assets
“The key aim of the project was to create sustainable, grade A office space with an excellent working environment, within a Grade II listed building. Over 95% of the façade was retained, although aesthetically improved. Services were completely replaced with a new energy efficient design and sophisticated controls.
A great deal of focus was placed on the working environment, with the creation of terraces, cycle parking and shower facilities.”