16 May, 2008 – New green offices in Salford Quays for socially responsible occupiers
Speculative office blocks rarely set new ecological standards, but this is just one way in which HBG Properties newly-completed Metro building in Salford Quays defies convention, and reflects HBG's holistic approach to delivering environmental sustainability.
For not only is the £23 million landmark development on Trafford Road the first accredited green building in Salford Quays, but it is also the largest speculative office building in the Quays for a number of years.
The 72,500 sq ft, six-storey building has been designed with a strong ecological ethic, and is the first office building outside Manchester City centre to receive the coveted “Excellent” BREEAM rating.
To achieve this accreditation, Metro’s design includes water-saving features, reduced CO2 emissions and low energy consumption. Its lighting is controlled by brightness and motion sensors, which automatically adjust to daylight levels, and other environmental features include dedicated recycling stations, bicycle storage and cyclist shower and locker facilities.
As it backs onto the Exchange Quay Metrolink station it boasts first-class public transport connections. There are 227 car spaces at ground and first floor level, and the Grade A offices on the four upper floors provide floor plates of circa 17,800 sq ft.
Clive Perrin, HBG Properties development director, said: “Environmental issues are becoming more important these days and forward thinking companies want to occupy ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ BREEAM rated buildings in line with their corporate social responsibility policies.
“This is reflected in the quality of enquiries we have received and the positive feed-back from viewings. We have submitted terms to various interested parties and are hopeful that we can announce our first letting success very soon.”
Source: Metro Press Release