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As part of the launch of our Value the Planet campaign, we are showcasing what our forward-thinking members and RICS firms are already doing to operate more sustainably and help improve climate change.
Here, we find out about Deloitte's new UK and North South Europe headquarters – known as 1 New Street Square - the largest office in the world to achieve leading certifications for being both an exemplar green building and one designed to enhance the wellbeing of its people.
The 270,000 sq ft HQ at 1 New Street Square in London has achieved the highest score for sustainability of any global commercial building fit-out. Using BREEAM, the leading green-building certification, Deloitte's office scored a record 94%, far exceeding the 'Outstanding' threshold and in doing so, becoming the highest scoring BREEAM 2014 Refurbishment & Fit-out project in the world.
Dimple Agarwal, managing partner for people and purpose at Deloitte North South Europe said: "Sustainability is important to us, and with 1 New Street Square we have focused on really driving energy efficiency, utilising onsite renewable energy sources and procuring 100% green electricity. We have reduced water consumption and waste production, and we prioritised materials with a low environmental impact. It's great to see these initiatives being recognised through the achievement of a BREEAM Outstanding certification."
The innovative workplace also offers a range of different working activities and spaces to help fuel creativity, wellbeing and generate more collaborations across the business.
In a testament to the building's wellbeing credentials, Deloitte attained a prestigious distinction - known as WELL Certified™ Gold – from the International WELL Building Institute™ for actively helping to enhance people's health and wellbeing.
In securing this rating, 1 New Street Square is now the largest WELL Certified™ Gold for 'New and Existing Interiors project' in the world. The office earned the distinction based on seven categories of building and operational performance including air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort and mind.
Gavin Harrison, real estate sustainability lead at Deloitte, said: "What we have achieved is industry-defining. On its own, our sustainability programme was world-leading in that we delivered the highest BREEAM 2014 fit-out score ever. Doing this alongside an important wellbeing strategy makes our project unique and reiterates our commitment to providing colleagues with the best workspaces."
"In delivering both and becoming the first office fit-out to attain BREEAM Outstanding and WELL Certified™ Gold worldwide, we have redefined our blueprint for the workplace of the future."
In a testament to the building’s wellbeing credentials, Deloitte attained a prestigious distinction - known as WELL Certified™ Gold – from the International WELL Building Institute™ for actively helping to enhance people’s health and wellbeing.
Deloitte has pledged to apply sustainability and wellbeing principles to all future UK office fit-outs - delivering high environmental standards, optimising operational performance and providing the healthiest spaces for its people.
Deloitte started its Green Journey initiative in 2011 and has since seen building-related emissions drop 72% per employee. It has also eliminated single-use plastic cups from the London campus and ensured redundant office furniture from vacated offices was donated or recycled with nothing going to landfill.