One & Five Bank Street Receives Outstanding BREEAM Rating, Making it One of the Most Sustainable Buildings in London – 03.08.20

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) continues to deliver on their commitment to become carbon net zero with the completion of their first BREEAM Outstanding office development, One & Five Bank Street.

One & Five Bank Street is the latest addition to Canary Wharf – one of the most consistently ‘certified sustainable’ urban districts in Europe. CWG has 29 buildings sustainably certified with a further 17 certifications in progress; and with 1,200,000 sq.ft floor area, One & Five Bank Street is amongst the largest of its class.

The building achieved an overall score of 87%, verified by independent assessors, Hilson Moran, in accordance with BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology). BREEAM is the world’s leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings.

Designed by world renowned architects Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), the striking 27-storey building will be home to new Estate tenants Societe Generale and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and comprises a high-quality office space with many environmental and wellbeing enhancements, created to bring office and nature closer together, to enhance productivity and provide an enjoyable, healthy environment for office workers.

The building has three levels of state-of-the-art trading floors, a retail unit at ground level and public access to a newly created promenade along the South Dock. The project has features to attract wildlife such as a living wall, the first on the Canary Wharf estate, and an innovative underwater living wall designed to attract fish and marine wildlife.

For the delivery of this project there was zero waste to landfill during construction and this has now continued for building management.

The project has delivered the first Outstanding Rating for Canary Wharf Group and the first A Rated Energy Performance Certificate, an accomplishment made possible through close collaboration with CWG Tenants EBRD and Societe Generale, and the dedicated interdisciplinary team of Architects, Structural Engineers, Building Systems Engineers and Ecologists

To achieve this the team deployed a number of innovative measures including:

  • Over 30% improvement on building regulations for energy performance and carbon emissions 40% reduction in heating and cooling demand for the tenant
  • Energy strategy focused on passive design and fabric first approach saving 600 TCO2 a year
  • Roof top solar panels delivering almost 20,000 kWh/year enough to power five homes a year
  • 857 cycle spaces provided with over 500 lockers and 60 showers
  • A 706 sq.m biodiverse roof and 245 sq.m of terrace and planters
  • Efficient planting irrigation system linked to weather data and moisture sensors
  • All timber permanent and temporary is 100% FSC Certified
  • Almost 60% water savings achieved using low flow fittings and a grey water system

Martin Gettings, Group Head of Sustainability, Canary Wharf Group, said: “This project has been a testament to Canary Wharf Group’s long-standing commitment to deliver extraordinary environments, and a firm belief that sustainability flourishes from collaboration.”

Warren Beney, Head of Corporate Real Estate, Societe Generale, said: “We have been delighted to have worked with CWG and been part of the journey for One & Five Bank Street to achieve the highest BREEAM credentials. This aligns with Societe Generale’s own ambitions, in regard to sustainability, CSR and own BREEAM accreditation for its fitout.

“As we start to emerge from this period of uncertainty, the success of One & Five Bank Street reinforces the belief that together we can meet challenging carbon reduction and climate change targets, transition to a circular economy, improve occupier health and support biodiversity, as well as deliver economically successful developments at scale.”

Jaroslaw Wojtylak, Managing Director for Administrative Services, EBRD, said: “Sustainability and Wellbeing initiatives are a core part of the project vision for EBRD.  We are delighted to hear that the base build has achieved this standard, which will assist the Bank in achieving our aspirational targets of BREEAM Outstanding and WELL Platinum for our Fit Out.”

The certification awarded by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) will enable the tenants to achieve similar environmental and wellbeing ratings, which will in turn benefit everyone in the building. Key insights from One & Five Bank Street are already informing CWG’s approach to another seven BREEAM Outstanding buildings within its development pipeline to ‘build back better’ from the Covid-19 pandemic.


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Notes to Editors

About One & Five Bank Street Design and Construction team:

The One & Five Bank Street Design and Construction team established to deliver this project comprised designers: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Adamson Associates, Hilson Moran Partnership, Arup Structures and Ecologists: Greengage. The project was delivered by Canary Wharf Contractors.

About Canary Wharf Group:

Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 16.5m sq ft of London real estate, which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.

The Canary Wharf Estate is a major retail destination comprising around 1m sq ft across five shopping malls, including the award-winning leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens.

It also has world-class, year-round arts and events programme offering over 200 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate.

Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.
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