Virgin Management’s recently opened second London office has been awarded a SKA Gold award for sustainability.
Based near Royal Oak tube station, the Porchester Road office is home to Virgin StartUp and Virgin Sport and thanks to the numerous sustainability considerations that were made during renovation of the space, it has been awarded the highest SKA rating by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Every decision that was made during the revamp went through an environmental lens to make sure that the right results were achieved. This included making sure that staff wellbeing while using the building had been considered, as well as choosing furniture, fixtures and fittings based on environmental considerations alongside their aesthetic effect.
It was an in-depth process, which saw recycled furniture being sourced from second hand shops, eBay and local markets and decals and branding on any of the walls or windows being made from non-PVC plastic to reduce damage to the environment. Even the kitchen worktop is made from recycled cardboard!
At every point the team sought to go above and beyond what was required to make sure that the decisions they were making led to the most sustainable solution that they could create.
SKA Rating is an environmental assessment method, benchmark and standard for non-domestic fit-outs, led and owned by RICS. It focuses on seven key areas: energy, materials, pollution, transport, waste, wellbeing and water use.