Two Rivers Housing’s purpose built office on course to become BREEAM ‘Excellent’ in a first for Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire housing association Two Rivers Housing has moved into a purpose-built office which is widely-tipped to become the first BREEAM ‘Excellent’ new-build office in the county when assessments are complete.

Rivers Meet, designed by Pozzoni Architects, has already achieved a top ‘A’ rating for energy performance and now Two Rivers is just weeks away from receiving final confirmation it has secured the coveted ‘Excellent’ award.

“All the new homes we build incorporate sustainable features, which is not only good for the environment, but also helps to keep running costs to a minimum,” explains chief executive, Garry King. “We wanted our office to reflect similar standards so that it was as efficient to run as possible, and I couldn’t be happier with our ‘A’ rating.

“This will help us to reduce our carbon footprint and keep energy costs low, which will leave more money to invest in our tenants’ homes and services.”

Features in the office at Newent, near Gloucester, include: photovoltaic panels to generate electricity; air source heat pump, low-energy lighting, high levels of insulation, water-saving appliances, composting and recycling facilities and electric vehicle charging points.

The move from rented office space in nearby Mitcheldean completes the first part of Two Rivers’ plans for Newent, breathing new life into an area of waste ground. The next phase will involve building homes for older residents on adjacent land, which already has outline planning permission.

Dr David Garnett, Chair of the Board of Trustees said: “This office represents an investment in, and commitment to, the future of the charity and those who depend upon it.

“Not only is it one of the most environmentally-sustainable buildings in Gloucestershire, but it will provide us with long-term security. Over the next 20 years or so, it will save us hundreds of thousands of pounds that we can invest in our homes and our community work.”

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