Willmott Dixon Interiors is in the final stages of completing the £38.8m refurbishment of 10 Brindleyplace in Birmingham.
The project is combining numbers 10 and 8 Brindleyplace into one building to create a single floor by floor open office space of 212,000 sq ft, over nine floors. It will also deliver one of Birmingham’s largest available floorplates at over 27,000 sq ft.
In line with our 2030 ‘Now or Never’ sustainability strategy, the project has a strong emphasis on sustainable design. The completed building will achieve BREEAM Excellent and will be Birmingham’s first to receive Fitwell accreditation, a standard that measures occupant health and wellbeing.
Nature plays a significant role in improving and enriching our urban landscapes
Green walls and roofs are a great, environmentally friendly way to help utilise space and provide benefits to the building and its occupants.
A green roof has been installed on the roof terrace of 10 Brindleyplace by NRA Roofing, using a wildflower system. Each wildflower blanket is sown with a seed mix of 38 species of wildflower and grass to create a vibrant array of colour.
The species have been specifically chosen to survive roof conditions and increase biodiversity on extensive, intensive and podium systems.
Living wall specialist, Biotecture, has designed and installed a living wall on the building’s roof terrace, as well as an internal living wall in the ground floor reception.
The external living wall includes a selection of robust evergreen plants including ferns, grasses and ivy. Flowering plants will also provide a seasonal pop of colour.
The benefits of providing external living walls and roofs include:
- Improving the drainage system
- Removing air pollutants
- Increasing the lifespan of the roof
- Boosting thermal performance
- Increased biodiversity
The internal living wall on the ground floor, is a flourish unit made up of 90 PlantBoxes containing 1,080 plants. The planting selection includes robust internal varieties, such as ferns and peace lilies, and a selection of Red Anthuriums and Tradescantia zebrina. The living wall also includes an integral reservoir and a recirculating pump for easy maintenance.
The PlantBox is a simple stackable modular living wall system designed to quickly transform spaces, it is manufactured in the UK from 100% recycled materials with a low carbon footprint.
The benefits of providing an internal living wall includes:
- Better air quality (plants remove CO2 levels by 10 to 25%)
- Improved acoustics
- Improved health and well-being
- Stimulating greater productivity and creativity
Designing buildings for a sustainable future
Along with the installation of the green landscapes, the development of 10 Brindleyplace is designed with a 53% carbon reduction compared to the pre-refurbishment, and has removed the need for fossil-fuels, utilising an all-electric heating and cooling system.
Life cycle costing and analysis have been addressed, with a means to reduce embodied carbon and prioritise recycled materials, along with reducing the maintenance and operating costs over the lifetime of the project.
The development is also using rainwater harvesting to reduce its water consumption significantly.
Occupier amenities will include fitness facilities including a fitness studio and bouldering wall, cycle storage for 100 bicycles, electric vehicle charging and two communal landscaped roof terraces.
In addition, smart building technologies will be deployed to provide real-time energy monitoring and enhance user experience, for building access and organising events.
Find out more about the project here: https://www.willmottdixoninteriors.co.uk/work/10-brindleyplace/