If you believe in the power of three, you’re going to love this super eco-friendly office space in Paris. Located in the plush Parisian district of Versailles, the head office of construction firm Bouygues Construction has become the first building in the world to achieve a triple accreditation – meaning it has secured the highest green certification by three separate benchmarking bodies.
The UK’s BREEAM accrediting association bestowed its highest accolade of “Outstanding” on the green office space, while France’s Passeport HQE awarded “Exceptional” and the U.S. certification body LEED stamped it “Platinum”.
It’s an exciting time for the London office space market with property developer Land Securities Group PLC announcing that the London office market is showing strong signs of revival, having recently secured a large letting for its iconic office property, 20 Fenchurch Street – or the ‘Walkie Talkie’ as it is better known.
Despite the fact that 20 Fenchurch Street is still under construction and is not set to complete until 2014, 50% of the conventional office space is already spoken for – which is a positive sign that demand is growing in Central London.
In recognition of London‘s status as a highly attractive city to do business, the West End has retaken the title of the world’s most expensive office space location.
The news comes as the West End, a high-profile district in Central London which includes the plush regions of Mayfair and St James’s, surpassed Hong Kong as the priciest city in the world to rent office space. Hong Kong’s rental values dropped by 12% to a still-astronomical price of $22,190 (approx £14,000) per workstation per year, while Central London pipped the Chinese city to the post with a workstation cost of $23,500 (nearly £15,000) per year.
With environmental issues high on the agenda, green office buildings are big business. We’re seeing a rapid growth in office properties that are either built ‘green’ from the ground up, or are being adapted to become more environmentally friendly.
Now a six-story Seattle office property is being hailed as the world’s greenest and most energy-efficient office building in the world.
In recent weeks there has been suggestion of a possible takeover bid by Regus of serviced office counterpart, MWB Business Exchange. In fact the idea goes back to 2011, when it was first revealed that Business Exchange’s parent company, MWB Group, was in financial difficulties. And since news broke in November 2012 that MWB Group had been placed into administration, it only fuelled expectations that Regus would step in to make an offer for the serviced office side of MWB’s business.
Now, various news reports published today suggest that Regus is one step closer to that goal.
New serviced office building Anfield Business Centre (ABC) is set to open to tenants on July 19 2012, having been closed for 3 years while undergoing major redevelopment works.
Offices have been created over five floors for between one and one-hundred people at the building which totals 30,000 square feet in size. As a fully serviced business centre, ABC offers all the facilities associated with on-site support, including administration, conferencing suites and a coffee shop.
Experts suggest that Edinburgh is at threat of losing all available Grade A office space by 2014.
Property consultants GVA posit that demand will outstrip supply within 18 months if current trends continue. Significant restrictions on new builds and the impact of the recession have both been partially to blame.
A major campaign is underway in Conwy, North Wales for new headquarters for children’s club, The Scouts, after the previous 1960s headquarters were set alight and destroyed by arsonists.
Local Scout leader, Ray Castle, had this to say: “We want to take the opportunity to build a facility that really meets the needs of our group. We don’t need anything lavish, just somewhere young people can meet, learn and have fun.
The Welsh government has opened a new office on Victoria Street in Westminster, London.
Spokespersons relate that the new office is intended to provide a ‘gateway’ to Wales from London and streamline current capital operations in place of the government’s two existing locations.
Brand new £38 million offices for Staffordshire County Council are home to nearly 2000 staff – and a construction team who will be based on-site for the foreseeable future.
The project, occupied since the end of 2011, was originally designed to improve council spend by a quarter of a million every year. However, since completion the project has been consistently in trouble.