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High Performing Buildings – March’s Roundup

High Performing Buildings – March’s Roundup
23 March 2022

Let’s take a look at some of this month’s most interesting high performing buildings in the UK.


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Metro Building First to Achieve Fitwel 3-star Certification 


The Metro Building, in London’s Hammersmith, is the first UK building to be awarded a three-star Fitwel certification, under the Built Certified Multi-Tenant Base Building (v2.1) scorecard.

Managed by Workman on behalf of global real assets investor PATRIZIA, Metro now joins properties from around the world accredited by Fitwel, a certification system embraced by developers and workplace strategists as part of the growing trend towards healthier workplaces. As the UK’s leading implementer of Fitwel, Workman has achieved certification for almost 2 million sq. ft of retail, office, and business assets – the most completed Fitwel certifications in the UK and Europe.



Picture: a photograph of the cafe area at The Metro Building, showing a dining table and chairs as well as a foodservice area. Image Credit: Workman


Metro's 3-star Fitwel Certification demonstrates the collaboration of a proactive Workman onsite team, led by building manager Nicola Price and property manager Suky Atwal, along with PATRIZIA and sustainability consultancy Evora.

The Fitwel standard provides a blueprint for making positive changes that are scientifically proven to enhance wellbeing and occupier health. Using an evidence-based scorecard system, Fitwel certifies the wellness credentials of buildings and their surroundings. Through the six-month Fitwel process, Metro benchmarked its health and wellbeing performance before developing strategies to improve it.


The Metro Building scored particularly highly in areas including:

  • The implementation of an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) policy.
  • Provision of a lactation room, a facility for nursing mothers.
  • Access to a fruit or vegetable garden.
  • Policies encouraging the use of stairwells over lifts.
  • Amenities such as fitness and gym rooms.




British Land Launches Partnership with Revolve and Opens First-Ever Restaurant at Broadgate


Also in London, British Land has partnered with Revolve to open its first-ever restaurant at Broadgate.

Opening in the spring, Revolve brings a new form of dining experience to Broadgate, featuring a monthly series of guest chefs from the UK and further afield.

Confirmed so far is chef Lee Westcott (formerly of Michelin-starred Pensons and The Typing Room) who will open the series, followed by John Javier (17 Little Portland St, Formerly of MASTER, Sydney), Josh Eggleton (Michelin-starred Pony Restaurant Group), Anna Hansen (Formerly of The Modern Pantry) and the newly-appointed two Michelin-starred Gareth Ward (Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms).



Picture: a photograph of the exterior of the restaurant, showing outdoor dining areas. Image Credit: British Land


The site is located adjacent to Liverpool Street station and surrounded by the creative communities of Shoreditch, Spitalfields and Old Street, as well as the City of London.

Revolve will join two more restaurants opening at 100 Liverpool Street this summer, including vegan bar and restaurant, Stem & Glory, and the UK’s first-ever Shiro, the Hong Kong-based contemporary sushi restaurant by Aqua Group.


Meridian Water


In North London, a £6 billion regeneration project at Meridian Water will bring 10,000 homes and 6,000 jobs to Enfield.

As well as homes, new public spaces and community facilities, the development now boasts its own railway station, replacing the outdated Angel Road station in Edmonton.

It features three platforms, lift access, a footbridge and retail space, offering improved connectivity in and out of the area for commuters, residents and visitors.

Engineering consultants Arup was appointed as lead designer and VolkerFitzpatrick oversaw the construction. In addition, Arup led the design coordination, managing a multidisciplinary team plus architectural sub-consultant Acanthus (later acquired by Scott Brownrigg), headed by Michael Watkins.

To deliver key elements of the lighting design, lighting manufacturer DW Windsor was appointed to the project. Garda handrails are used, in two distinctly different greys using warm-to-touch paint, ensuring the project adhered to BS8300 to meet the needs of disabled people.

For more deep dives on high performing buildings, explore our Building, Refurbishment and Fit-Out section.

Picture: a photograph of the exterior of Meridian Water. Image Credit: DW Windsor

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 23 March 2022


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