Filwood Green Business Park was designed as the landmark building to celebrate Bristol’s year as Green Capital of Europe in 2015.
The idea was to create a range of spaces that would suit small, creative businesses, while giving them space to grow.
A key part of the brief was to facilitate chance encounters between the users. To achieve that we created some unusual design features: kitchens and toilets are outside of the units, and, with the external staircase off the central courtyard, people have to move around the site and end up bumping into one other.
NDC was commissioned by Midas Group to complete detailed Building Engineering Services Designs for the Filwood Green Business Park. Part of the brief was to ensure compliance with current legislation and to provide a building which performed at higher level than regulation environmental directives required.
NDC subsequently assessed the building and issued a statutory Engineering Performance Certificate (EPC). Our work through the design stages contributed to Filwood Green Business Park attaining BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ status, the highest possible environmental rating for sustainability and performance.
During the European funding process, the business park was required to meet a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating of over 70%. It achieved 93%, saving an estimated 46 tonnes of carbon annually.