Green credentials help Willmott Dixon to £50m office refurb

Willmott Dixon has scooped a £50m contract to transform a 1990s office block near Tower Bridge into one of the UK’s most sustainable offices. 

The contractor has been chosen by Fore Partnership to overhaul the 10,219-square-metre building next to Tower Bridge into the TBC.London workspace.

The speculative development is underpinned by sustainable credentials, with the developer committed to ensuring the building meets net-zero ambitions and delivers “enduring benefits for the local community”.

Willmott Dixon was chosen on the back of its green credentials and its own commitment to deliver net-zero construction under its 2030 sustainable development strategy. 

TBC.London will be 100 per cent electric and net-zero carbon in operation, with no fossil fuels used in running the property.

Designed by architect Stiff + Trevillion, the project is targeting EPC A and BREEAM Outstanding, the highest possible environmental assessments.

The building is also targeting WELL Platinum, the highest rating under the WELL Building Institute’s certification programme – a global rating system that serves as a marker of healthy building design. Only about 30 offices across the globe have attained a Platinum rating. Combined with the target BREEAM score, TBC.London aims to be among Europe’s greenest and healthiest buildings. 

The contractor will work with Fore to run a ‘Building Lives’ skills academy at TBC.London for the duration of the construction programme, providing training that will lead to qualifications and jobs in the construction industry.

Fore is looking to create up to £9m in social and local economic value during the two-year construction period, through local employment and procurement strategies.

Willmott Dixon managing director Chris Tredget said: “We are delighted to be working with FORE Partnership to deliver TBC.London, which will pave the way for more sustainable and innovative working environments.

“Our shared values and commitment to creating a more sustainable built environment, and a positive impact in the communities in which we work, makes this project even more exciting. It’s been a great collaborative effort across the whole team and we’re all looking forward to getting started on site.”  

Willmott Dixon is expected to start on site in September, with the project scheduled for completion in mid-2024.

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