- New £7m Trowbridge headquarters’ energy efficient design slashes CO2 emissions through a wealth of green initiatives
- Midas Construction Ltd ahead of schedule with the move to be completed in May
- Releases internal images of the nearly completed state-of-the-art office
- Development set to create local employment opportunities
- Hakuba House named after direct Japanese translation for White Horse
With just four months until they move into the new £7 million Trowbridge office, Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions has released details of the environmental considerations factored into the construction of the new building.
To reduce the carbon footprint of the new building and minimise the impact on the local power infrastructure, solar panels will be mounted on the vehicle preparation centre, resulting in 22% of the energy requirement sourced from on-site renewable energy technology, exceeding the UK’s national target for 15% of all energy requirements to be sourced from renewable technology by 2020.
As well as provision for the growing use of electric vehicles with charging points supplied by Nissan and British Gas; there will be high quality insulation which will reduce the heating consumption of the buildings and energy efficient lighting. Finally, the installation of an advanced air source heat pump heating technology will provide heating during winter as well as cooling during summer.
The newly released images of the 18,000 sq ft site at the White Horse Business Park, which has been designed by Bath-based built environment design management practice Nash Partnership and delivered by Midas Construction, showcase a light and airy open plan office space, with plenty of natural light, wide corridors and break-out areas with space for up to 200 people.
The new office development is the first time that Hitachi Capital has purchased the freehold for office space anywhere in the world and will also see a number of new jobs created, with the sales department increasing head count ahead of the move.
The release of the environmental considerations comes as Hitachi Capital reveals the name of the new building. In recognition of both the Japanese roots and the local surroundings, the office building has been named Hakuba House; the direct Japanese translation of White Horse.
Jon Lawes, divisional managing director of Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions comments: “Hakuba House represents a huge investment for the future of our business in Trowbridge and further embeds us in the local community. We have been keen from the outset that the designs are as environmentally friendly as possible and as such the building has some notable ‘green’ credentials which perfectly reflect our green strategy and future direction.”
“Despite the recent adverse weather conditions we have been experiencing this winter, we are pleased to report the development of the building is still ahead of schedule with the move set to be completed in May.”
Robert Locke, Partner at Nash Partnership, says: “We are delighted to have been involved in this important development, which will further boost the local economy and offer a great working environment for Hitachi Capital’s staff.”
“We brought together our planning and architecture services on this project and supported the scheme through construction. The new business base provides not only contemporary and sustainable office accommodation, but also enables significant growth for Hitachi Capital. Understanding our client’s operation, values and aspirations has been key in delivering this exemplar scheme to support our client’s plans for expansion in the future.”
Richard Church, operational manager at Midas Construction Ltd said: “The building work is running ahead of schedule and we are delighted with the progress on site. Midas has worked closely with Hitachi Capital and Nash Partnership to deliver a truly green building, which we anticipate to be awarded a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) rating of Very Good on completion. As one of the leading construction firms in the South West, we are also pleased to have been able to employ over 40 per cent of our work force from the local area.”