PwC London HQ achieves highest ever environmental rating for a UK office.

Published at 12:52 PM on 19 December 2013


  • ‘Green’ score for refurbished office exceeds results for the best new builds in the UK;
  • 60% of the building’s energy will be produced on site;
  • Embankment Place becomes PwC’s second London office with ‘outstanding’ BREEAM rating.


The 25 year old London HQ of professional services firm PwC on the banks of the Thames, opposite the London Eye, has been rated the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly office in the UK following a major refurbishment.


The BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating for the office, of 96.31%, is the highest to date ever achieved by a new or existing commercial building in the UK, and the highest ever awarded in the scheme.


The international BREEAM standard assesses best practice in sustainable design and environmental performance for buildings. The “Outstanding” rating for Embankment Place was awarded against strict criteria for environmentally friendly actions and long term energy efficiency features, installed during a two year refurbishment including:


  • A 51% reduction in carbon emissions through the use of one of the largest ever tri-generation systems which uses recycled biodiesel made from waste cooking oil, sourced from within the M25 to provide heat, cooling and power to the building;
  • Linking water supply to movement detectors to reduce use;
  • Extensive LED lighting;
  • Sourcing all materials for the refurbishment with low environmental impact;
  • 96% of the building’s previous materials and furniture were recycled;
  • Increased cycle storage and showers to promote sustainable transport use


Roger Reeves, partner, PwC commented:


“The plan to get Embankment Place refurbished was complex but all the more rewarding because it’s not just created an inspiring workspace, it’s a long term sustainable re-use of an existing building.”


The building is a landmark on the Thames bankside and was designed by Terry Farrell in the late nineties as part of the redevelopment of the Charing Cross area. With trains running through the lower floors to Charing Cross Station, and staff remaining in the building while the refurbishment took place, builders had to work 24 hours a day for over 10 months during parts of the project, while fitting in with the noise, transport and commercial requirements of businesses and residents in the area.


The building is now fully occupied and is home to over 4,000 PwC staff and Partners, with space available for 10% incremental growth increase. PwC’s other main office site in London at More London, which was newly built in 2011, also holds an ‘outstanding’ BREEAM rating.




Note(s) to Editor: 

  1. PwC employs over 8,000 people in London in Westminster and Southwark.
  2. Project team:
    1. Client: PwC
    2. Architect: TP Bennett
    3. Project manager: Turner & Townsend
    4. M&E engineer / BREEAM assessor: ChapmanBDSP
    5. Structural engineer: Arup
    6. Contractor: Overbury
    7. M&E installation: Michael J Lonsdale


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