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SNH was relocating its headquarters from Edinburgh to Inverness and as development partner, Robertson Property oversaw the delivery of a new building that was required to meet the highest possible environmental standards.

The project involved the demolition of a former nurse’s hostel at Wester Craigs and the development of offices for SNH and the Deer Commission.

The design was mainly open plan offices around a glazed atrium with accommodation for 300 staff. Also included were meeting rooms, boardrooms, a library, staff room, workshops, labs, technical space, car parking and extensive landscaping.

SNH entered into a lease of the building with an option to purchase, which they subsequently exercised. 

Robertson Facilities Management subsequently provided maintenance services for a 3-year period.

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The first BREEAM ‘Excellent’ office in the UK

This innovative project won the BREEAM Office of the Year award for its environmental performance. The building set the standard in practical, cost-effective and sustainable design when BRE auditors awarded the development a BREEAM score of 84%. In 2006, this was the highest score ever achieved for an office building since the scheme was introduced in 1998. 

This was achieved through:

We also implemented measures to enable sustainable travel, including car-sharing schemes, cycle changing facilities, lockers and showers, improved bus service from the city centre and video conference facilities to cut down on travel to meetings.

On completion, the feedback from SNH staff was that it is important to them, both personally and in the light of their organisation and their work, to show what can be done with a low carbon building.

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Awards

 

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