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Inside Europe Arab Bank’s First Recycled Office Fit-Out  

Inside Europe Arab Bank’s First Recycled Office Fit-Out  
10 January 2023
 

Take a look inside one of the UK's first recycled office fit-out projects, at London’s Europe Arab Bank in Park Lane.

Workplace design, strategy architects and interior designers, WILL+Partners, completed the project, which has resulted in significant reductions in the bank’s waste and energy use. 

Europe Arab Bank is part of the Arab Bank Group. Established 90 years ago, the group has a global network of more than 600 branches across five continents.

 

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WILL+Partners retained, reused, and repurposed design elements and has created a consistent design scheme throughout the building. No furniture was obtained from second-life dealers but instead 85 per cent of Europe Arab Bank’s furniture was reused. The remaining usable and unwanted furniture was donated to charities and is now being used in offices across the UK. Almost all blinds were reused in their existing locations, and 67 per cent of meeting room carpets were reused. 

 

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Picture: a photograph showing a small meeting room where two people are seated. Image Credit: WILL+Partners

 

WILL+Partners also addressed all lighting, ventilation, and water services. LED lighting occupancy sensors were deployed resulting in longer lamp life expectations and a predicted 20 per cent reduction in energy use. Water leak detection methods were installed to reduce wastage, and ventilation was improved to address comfort and reduce energy use. The landlord of the building also intends to replace the existing heating and cooling systems with a new approved refrigerant-based system in 2023. This will eliminate fossil fuel use from the building and reduce carbon impact. 

This ensured that WILL+Partners reduced the embodied and transport carbon impact of using new products within the design scheme enabling the project to be environmentally and economically efficient. 

William Poole-Wilson, WILL+Partners Managing Director, said: “This is a significant project. The circular and recycled nature of it makes it one of the UK’s first, and the sustainability impact it will have on the building and its occupants will be evident for years to come. But not only does this tick all the boxes when it comes to energy management and sustainability, but the design looks and feels fantastic too. The pandemic changed the physical workspace’s needs, focus, and direction. With a high reuse imperative, we saw the project with Europe Arab Bank to delve deep into and understand the dynamics of reuse in office fitouts.”  

Picture: a photograph of a meeting room with a large table where four people are seated looking towards a standing person. Image Credit: WILL+Partners

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 10 January 2023

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