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New office will save money and the environment


Published by Liz Reeson for Two Rivers Housing in Housing and also in Environment

A new office in Newent is on track to become one of the most energy-efficient commercial buildings in Gloucestershire.

Rivers Meet, the new home of Two Rivers Housing, is widely-tipped to become the first BREEAM ‘Excellent’ new-build office in the county when assessments are complete.

Already the building has achieved a top ‘A’ rating for energy performance and now Two Rivers is just weeks away from receiving final confirmation that it has secured the coveted ‘Excellent’ award.

BREEAM is a nationally-recognised measure of best practice in sustainable design, build and operation. Achieving the ultimate ‘Excellent’ rating will prove the housing association is serious about keeping its impact on the environment as low as possible.

“All the new homes we build incorporate sustainable features, which is not only good for the environment, but also helps to keep running costs to a minimum,” explained Chief Executive, Garry King. “We wanted our office to reflect similar standards so that it was as efficient to run as possible, and I couldn’t be happier with our ‘A’ rating.

“This will help us to reduce our carbon footprint and keep energy costs low, which will leave more money to invest in our tenants’ homes and services.”

Features in the office, that contribute towards the BREEAM assessment include:

photovoltaic panels to generate electricity.air source heat pump – using the warmth from the air to heat the building and water.low-energy lighting.high levels of insulation.water-saving appliances.rainwater harvesting system – collecting water to be re-used.composting and recycling facilities.

The move to Rivers Meet completes the first part of Two Rivers’ plans for the town, breathing new life into an area of waste ground. The next phase of the scheme is to provide much-needed homes for older residents on adjacent land, which already has outline planning permission.

The office in Cleeve Mill Lane, Newent was designed by Pozzoni Architects. Staff move in on Monday 3 February. The main telephone numbers – 0800 316 0897 and 0300 100 0896 – remain in use, but all previous direct line telephone numbers will no longer work.

Dr David Garnett, Chair of the Board of Trustees said: “This office represents an investment in, and commitment to, the future of the charity and those who depend upon it.

“Not only is it one of the most environmentally-sustainable buildings in Gloucestershire, but it will provide us with long-term security. Over the next 20 years or so, it will save us hundreds of thousands of pounds that we can invest in our homes and our community work.”


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