First UK ‘outstanding’ environmental rating for an office building achieved by new PwC London site

Published at 16:00 PM on 16 March 2010

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP building ‘raises the bar’ for sustainable office design
  • Energy performance provides a 70% improvement on building regulations with an EPC ‘A’ rating
  • 25% of energy will be produced on site


The new building for professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP at More London, near Tower Bridge in central London, is the first building in the capital, and the first major office in the UK to be awarded the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating.

The international BREEAM standard is the highest award for best practice in sustainable design and environmental performance for buildings, and the 'Outstanding' rating, the top award. To achieve the rating, the site at 7 More London had to meet or exceed a challenging score of 85% against strict criteria, and included environmental innovations such as the use of 80% recycled aggregate within the concrete used, and the recycling of waste heat to cool and warm the building.

PwC’s vision for the 48,000m2 office – equivalent to the size of four football pitches – on the south bank of the Thames in London, close to City Hall, was to ‘raise the bar’ for the sustainable design of office buildings. Aggregates used in the office build were from predominantly recycled sources, part of a strategy to integrate sustainable products and materials throughout the site, delivering both affordable and sustainable environmentally friendly features to the building.

Demonstrating the firm’s reputation for integrating sustainability into business strategy, the firm worked with multidisciplinary design consultancy BDP, to meet, and then exceed the BREEAM standards.

Roger Reeves, partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP said:

“We had the opportunity with the design process for the building, to take a blank sheet of paper and raise the bar, both for ourselves and others, in the environmental and sustainability performance of office buildings. This assessment sends a really clear message that planning for the sustainable use of resources, in detail and right through the process, can make good business sense."

Bob Spittle, chairman of environmental engineering at BDP said:

“This major achievement emerged from the sheer determination of PwC to set a new standard in office design.  Initially we were aiming for the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, however during the fit out design we could see the opportunity to lead and innovate, and we set ourselves the target to secure the BREEAM ‘Outstanding' rating. You have got to be determined to set and achieve these new standards; involve people early on and make sure the support of your developer, contractors and design team matches the vision of your clients.”

The building’s shell is now complete, and is currently being fitted out internally. It is due for full occupation in early 2011. 5500 people will be based in the ten storey building, which will feature four restaurants, 240 cycle spaces, a roof terrace, on site energy generation facilities using recycled cooking oil and the use of solar thermal panels.

Notes to Editors:

Note(s) to Editor:  
1. High resolution pictures available on request - please contact Rowena Mearley, 07952 715739 or Sheri Besford, corporate communications, BDP Tel:  +44 [0]20 7812 8008 or download them from
2. PwC employs over 8000 people in London across the firm’s assurance, tax and advisory businesses. Following the opening of More London, the firm’s London offices will be consolidated into four main sites including existing sites at Embankment Place and Union Street.
3. BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance.
4. PwC has been carbon neutral since 2007. Energy lighting control and low energy lighting is now installed in over 40% of the firm’s buildings which, together with effective operational management of heating and air conditioning systems, has enabled us to further reduce our energy consumption by 16%. Overall the firm consumes  6% less energy per m2 compared to recognised industry benchmarks. 
4. About BDP: Building Design Partnership is a 1000 strong multdiscipline building design consultancy of architects, engineers, designers and specialists, with a strong focus on sustainable design.  BDP sustainability is an expert group which has operated for over 10 years and was instrumental in achieving the exemplar environmental performance of 7, More London.
5. Developer / ‘shell & core’ teamMore London Development / Fosters + Partners; Roger Preston & Partners; Arup; Mace. Tenant / fit out team: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP / BDP (interior design; environmental engineering; sustainability; lighting, structural engineering); Turner & Townsend (project management and cost consultancy); Overbury (fit out contractor)
6. Environmental innovations cited in the BREEM report included: 
Building as a Learning Resource - displaying environmental performance to staff and visitors
Recycled Aggregate - 80% recycled aggregate within the concrete 
Considerate Constructors’ exemplar performance
Chiller Heat Recovery– providing heat to the low grade temperature heating system; recovering the waste heat from the chillers, normally rejected to atmosphere, and using this heat in the perimeter heating system to keep the building warm in cooler weather, and making considerable reductions in the carbon emissions which would have been generated by the developer’s original electric perimeter heating system.

For more information contact:

Rowena Mearley
Corporate PR Senior Manager, PwC 
Tel:020 7213 4727 
Mobile:07841 563 180 


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