The Building

Perch @ The Eco Business Centre in North West Bicester has been developed by Cherwell District Council and is supported by European Regional Development Funding.

The innovative building comprises a mix of coworking space and serviced offices over three floors and has been sensitively designed to be distinctive, eco-friendly and sustainable.

The true zero carbon building aspires to be the first non-domestic building in the UK to achieve the new Passivhaus Plus, a rigorous standard for energy efficiency, developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany.

It has also been designed to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating, the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings.

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The Architect

The Eco Business Centre, Bicester has been designed by Architype, a UK architectural practice best known for their pioneering commitment in the field of sustainable architecture.

Architype’s approach has concentrated on meeting the changing expectations of office occupiers, focusing keenly on the requirements of comfort, social interaction and the consequential effect of productivity and improved wellbeing in the workplace.

Taking the core principles of a low-carbon approach to design and construction, Architype have added value to the design strategy through their expert knowledge of the Passivhaus Standard; the world’s most rigorous energy and comfort standard.

Demonstrating that sustainable design need not limit architectural intent, the new centre has been sensitively designed to be a distinctive and characterful addition to the streetscape of the local centre.

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The Builder

Kier

Built by the Gloucester office, Kier is a leading construction, development and infrastructure services group with an annual turnover in excess of £4bn.

A world-class customer-focused company that invests in, builds, maintains and renews the places where we work, live and play. Operating across a range of sectors including commercial, defence, education, health, industrial, leisure, public, residential, transport and utilities.

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Enablers

 

Cherwell District Council 

North Oxfordshire District Council

 

a2Dominion

Leading housing provider delivering high-quality homes across London and southern England.

 

European Regional Development Fund 

The ERDF aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions.

 

Scape Group Ltd

A public sector owned built environment specialist offering a full suite of national frameworks, architectural services, joint ventures and community investments.

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Environmental Accreditations

Passive house (German: Passivhaus) is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building’s ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.

 

BREEAM – the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It recognises and reflects the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction to in-use and refurbishment. This means BREEAM rated developments are more sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them, help protect natural resources and make for more attractive property investments.

Zero Carbon Building – A building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site These buildings consequently contribute less overall greenhouse gas.

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