By Nick Gilbert
Explorer House, headquarters of Ordnance Survery, has won a prestigious national development award. Kier developed and constructed this head office building at Adanac Park in Southampton.
Ordnance Survey’s Headquarters
Explorer House is one of the country’s main sustainable buildings. The Sustainable Achievement Award was given to this building recognizing its environmental credentials, during the Office Agents Society (OAS) Development Awards ceremony held in London.
New headquarters of Ordnance Survey was constructed taking all the sustainability aspects into account. Large windows facing towards north minimized the requirement for artificial light inside the building. An electronic management system controls the building’s interior temperature and closes and opens the windows. In addition, the electronic management system controls heating and ventilation systems in order to eliminate loss of excessive energy and attain ideal working conditions.
This headquarters building receives heat from a ground source heat pump; food waste is composted and harvested rainwater is used to flush the toilets.
According to the judges, this building is a great example of a developer and a local occupier jointly working for a long-term solution, addressing the economic, environmental and social inputs essential for a true sustainable solution.
Staffs were moved to this new Explorer House during 2010 and the carbon footprint of the organization has minimized by 60%.