19 Cornwall Street, Birmingham
Kier Property has appointed Willmott Dixon Interiors to redevelop 19 Cornwall Street in the heart of Birmingham’s Business District, transforming it into an exemplar net zero carbon (NZC) in operation, smart-enabled office building.
The key challenges for the project will be around site constraints with access restrictions due to the location of the project in the centre of Birmingham.
In line with Willmott Dixon Interior’s 2030 Sustainability Now or Never Brilliant Building ambitions to achieve net zero carbon by 2030, the development will have strong ESG credentials, targeting ambitious energy and environmental targets.
The back to frame redevelopment will deliver 139,000 sq ft of new smart-enabled office accommodation across seven floors, which will be finished to the highest CAT A standard with flexible open plan floor plates of c.20,000 sq ft.
The redevelopment will offer a range of enhanced occupier facilities and technological capability.
MEP services will be fully replaced, moving to an all-electric strategy and its base build is targeted to achieve the UK Green Building Council energy performance 2025-2030 Interim Target, typically a 5star NABER’s. the project will also aim to achieve BREEAM Excellent rating, EPC A rating and 4,000 sq ft of solar panels will be installed.
On completion, the refurbishment will deliver:
- A brand new reception which is 5,500 sq ft and 32 m high which can double as an event space.
- VRF comfort cooling and heating with individual floor digital controls.
- Wellbeing facilities; including 74 cycle spaces and showers/changing rooms.
- 150 secure parking spaces (including 24 with electric vehicle-charging).
- Installation of 4,000 sq ft of solar panels.
- Targeting BREEAM Excellent, WELL Silver and achieving an EPC A rating.
19 Cornwall has been designed to the highest standards of environmental design.
The design strongly focuses on reducing energy consumption. The building will be net zero carbon in operation aligned with a ‘Paris-proof’ science-based trajectory to limit temperature increases to 1.5 degree by 2050. Predicted energy use is 65% lower than a typical building regulations complaint office building.
The embodied carbon impact of the design has been carefully considered. A responsible approach has been taken to the building specification, reducing the quantities of materials and finishes used, using low carbon materials where possible and using recycled materials or materials with high recycled content.
This results in the embodied carbon impact of the building being around 75% lower than a typical new build office.
In line with our 2030 ‘Now or Never’ strategy, Willmott Dixon Interiors recognise the role we play in delivering wider social impact to our customers and their communities and ensure we deliver added value in the following areas:
LOCAL SUPPLY CHAIN
Working collaboratively and in partnership with local small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and social enterprises.
Willmott Dixon Interiors will ensure the local community will benefit from the following skills and training opportunities:
- Sustainable procurement
- Building Lives Academy
- Building Lives in Schools