Peter Brett Associates LLP (PBA), the independent development and infrastructure consultants, have committed their future to Reading. Using their in-house expertise, they have designed the refurbishment of their offices themselves, creating light, spacious and energy-efficient accommodation replacing what were outdated, dingy and poorly insulated offices. PBA’s Reading office at Caversham Bridge is now home to 240 staff.
The green credentials of the refurbished offices are impressive - the building’s energy performance rating has risen from G to B, earning it a BREEAM excellent rating. PBA has also installed 146 sq. m of photo-voltaic panels on the roof that can generate 14.5 kW of power, contributing a 25 per cent reduction in electrical power consumption, green heating and ventilation systems, efficient insulation, motion detected lighting, facilities for cyclists and runners and a fully wireless office.
PBA staff are already enjoying the building’s new features which include the café, quiet working zones and reference library. The meeting and café spaces can be hired by community and business groups. Scott Witchalls, the Partner who heads up PBA’s business in the South, said: “We have committed to a long-term future in Reading by completing a major upgrade of our offices and we see ourselves as part of Reading’s success. The comprehensive refurbishment was designed by PBA to be a true exemplar of sustainability providing space for community events, enhancing the surrounding area, sourcing locally, and creating an office environment of collaborative working space for over 300 long-term jobs for local planners, economists, engineers, scientists and support services.”
The professionals and contractors employed on the redesign; Broadway Malyan, Rider Levett Bucknall, Morgan Lovell and Hicks Baker, were all local.
More information at www.peterbrett.com
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