EXCLUSIVE: The Porter Building Aims To Be One Of The First In UK To Achieve WELL Certification
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Landid and Brockton Capital’s The Porter Building in Slough will be one of the first to achieve WELL Building Standard certification in the UK when it completes in Q3 this year. The WELL Building Standard is an international performance-based assessment methodology grounded in medical research that is exclusively focused on human health and well-being in the built environment.
The Porter Building is directly opposite Slough Station, offering connections into London Paddington in just 17 minutes — and when the Elizabeth Line arrives in 2019 journey times into Tottenham Court Road will be slashed to just 32 minutes.
The 120K SF development includes 111K SF of flexible office space over five floors, double-height reception, a business lounge and restaurant/café that will spill onto the pavement in front of the station, providing a new amenity for the public. On the fifth floor a 2K SF communal roof terrace will allow occupiers to socialise, collaborate or host events, offering views over Slough town centre and the surrounding countryside.
The building has been designed to a BREEAM sustainability target of ‘Very Good’ and features an atrium filled with plants and natural light. The biophilic design elements aim to reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, and improve well-being.
CBRE EMEA head of sustainability Rebecca Pearce said WELL building certification is like a nutrition label that outlines all the ingredients that go into making a building healthy for its inhabitants, covering things like air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. It rates a building against those criteria with independent verification.
“There are a number of projects in the UK that are now registered under the WELL Building Standard but we are hopeful that The Porter Building will be one of the first office buildings to complete and achieve certification,” Pearce said.
CBRE and Knight Frank are the letting agents for The Porter Building. CBRE is providing wellness advisory and certification services.