The Porter Building
is a brand-new commercial development consisting of 120,000 sq ft of office and
retail space in Slough, built through a joint venture between developer Landid
and investor Brockton Capital.
Located right next
to Slough’s train and bus hubs, the building has strong transport connections
to the surrounding area and London, which will be further improved by Crossrail
and the new underground Elizabeth line, bringing a new influx of skilled
workers to the town.
becoming increasingly aware of the role wellness plays in maintaining a
healthy, happy and engaged workforce, and the impact it can have on business
bottom line. With organisations now placing greater importance on the health
and wellbeing of employees, Landid was keen for the Porter Building to enable
future occupiers to maximise existing wellness programmes, through the added
element of healthy real estate.
is an international performance-based assessment methodology grounded in
medical research that is exclusively focused on human health and well-being in
the built environment. Administered by the International WELL Building
Institute, the certification is the world’s leading tool for advancing health
and well-being in buildings..
Solution and Outcomes
CBRE has a strong
history with WELL and healthy real estate, being the first company to achieve
the standard through their own headquarters in Los Angeles in 2013. Since then,
they have formed a strategic alliance with Delos – pioneers of WELL – and contributed
to several ground-breaking research projects related to wellness in the built
environment, notably through collaboration with the University of Twente and
the resulting CBRE Healthy
Offices research programme.
wellness expertise, combined with their existing role as leasing agents, meant they
were seen as a natural fit to deliver WELL Certification for the Porter Building.
One of the key
challenges was that construction was already underway when Landid decided to
pursue certification, so clear action needed to be defined and incorporated
into the existing project timeline.
CBRE assembled an
international team of consultants, including WELL experts from the UK and Netherlands,
who worked with the Porter Building project team to identify what needed to be
done to meet certification requirements on time and on budget. The dynamism of
the Client and project team was critical for success.
scheme incorporates a variety of wellness features. Maximised floor to ceiling
heights, created by exposed ceilings on office floors, twinned with large floor
plates and a central atrium, mean users are never more than nine meters from a
window and rooms are filled with natural light. The building is served by 100%
fresh air and drinking water is treated through applied Ultraviolet Germicidal
Irradiation technologies. Employees are supported to adopt active lifestyles
through attractive stairwell design, cycling provisions for more than 100
bikes, and adjoined shower and changing facilities. Shared amenity space is
located on the ground and fifth floor roof terrace, offering spaces for
employees to interact with other building users.
The building is not
only designed to best-in-class standard, but is scientifically proven to deliver
a top-quality indoor environment, through extensive testing.
As a result, the
Porter Building was the first UK building to gain WELL Certification™,
achieving Gold rating at the Core and Shell level.
CBRE has now certified
more WELL projects than any other company worldwide, and is supporting multiple
clients in reaping the benefits from WELL Certification™; as of July 2018, CBRE
is consulting on more than 50 WELL projects across EMEA.