In 1990, the environmental campaign organisation Greenpeace bought a 1920s factory building in Islington. The building was refurbished to provide 2,000m2 of modern office accommodation for the headquarters of their UK operations. The project was completed in December 1991, and was highly commended in the 1992 HVCA Green Building of the Year Awards.
One of the main priorities in the design proposal was to eliminate the possibility of Sick Building Syndrome. This was achieved through:
- an extensive natural ventilation strategy via the existing large windows
- supplementary mechanical ventilation in deeper plan spaces to ensure adequate fresh air movement
- internal air quality was further improved through the use of natural, untreated materials wherever possible
- houseplants are positioned throughout the office to remove any remaining airborne contaminants
Feilden Clegg Bradley