New low energy headquarters delivers biodiversity for CABI

New low energy headquarters delivers biodiversity for CABI
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The Scott Brownrigg-designed headquarters for the international not-for-profit organisation, CABI, has successfully completed. CABI apply scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Scott Brownrigg worked alongside Project Managers and Lead Consultant Ridge and Partners LLP (Ridge) to complete a low energy design that offers a two-storey office space, successfully integrating an experimental bio-diverse landscape with a new collaborative flexible working environment.

This is a highly anticipated new home for CABI, who, for the past 33 years have been located in what was Carmel College, a school built in the 1960s in Oxfordshire.  The old building required a high level of maintenance, in comparison to CABI’s new, energy-efficient, purpose-built HQ in Wallingford.

Former CABI CEO Dr Trevor Nicholls, who was instrumental in bringing the new CABI headquarters to fruition before retiring, said, “On behalf of my EMT colleagues and all CABI staff worldwide let me thank all of our professional advisers, partners and suppliers for their work in helping us achieve this exciting milestone in CABI’s history.

At the heart of this project is CABI’s commitment to encouraging biodiversity and protecting the environment. The design is highly energy efficient with detailed strategies for materials, orientation and structures. The design includes a careful selection of materials for the building fabric, which will reduce the energy consumption, to embrace the aim of low carbon use in operation.

Designing with passive sustainability as a priority, the building is positioned to minimise solar gains by orientating it East-West, and will provide shade in the summer and allow sunlight in the winter.

 

New low energy headquarters delivers biodiversity for CABI

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