Severn Trent Water Offices Unveiled

24 August 2010

A project to transform the offices of utility company Severn Trent Water in Shelton, Shrewsbury, into new low-energy offices has received planning permission.

The office, designed by Glenn Howells Architects, is being developed as a ‘pavilion within a landscape setting’ - a modern take on the traditional out-of-town office shed.

Capita Lovejoy is providing landscape architecture services on the scheme which comprises a 28,000 sq ft building featuring the latest green technology to ensure low energy use, low resource use, flexibility and low impact on the surrounding environment. Sustainable materials, including recycled timber, clear glazing and natural anodised aluminium, will be used on the building which is expected to achieve an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating.

The landscape proposals are driven by four key aspirations: to create a productive landscape of allotments and fruit trees allowing employees to build social relationships and share their produce; to protect the groundwater aquifer whilst managing rainwater run-off through a network of sustainable urban drainage systems and establishing a series of new aquatic habitats; to create a series of ‘social’ spaces, which provide high quality external meeting and gathering areas for employees; and to preserve and enhance the existing woodland character of the site.

The building will accommodate 223 workstations with associated meeting and training spaces for Severn Trent Water’s customer services and credit management departments. In addition, the building will also feature a 300-cover restaurant that will form the social hub of the development.

Construction is due to begin on the project later this year.