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Topping out for Sheffield’s first zero carbon ready office

Updated: Jun 2, 2023

Elshaw House, Sheffield’s first zero carbon ready office, celebrated an important construction milestone this week reaching its peak height.

This landmark building is part of Phase 3 of Heart of the City. It’s striking industrial-styled metal frame will incorporate approximately 70,000 sq ft of innovative, flexible workspace over seven floors. The ground floor will be home to new retail and food and beverage units.

Decarbonisation of the grid will ultimately make the building, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, an operationally carbon zero workspace. The fully electrified building drastically reduces operational energy through mixed mode ventilation, coupled with innovative cooling embedded in the fabric of the building and the latest in heat pump technology. Thanks to the reuse of existing materials, lean design and low carbon choices, the structure also has 40% lower embodied carbon than average.

This pioneering development for Sheffield is targeting NABERS 5*, BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and RIBA 2030 accreditations, which would place Elshaw House in the top one percent of all new UK office buildings in terms of quality and long-term sustainability.

To celebrate Heart of the City’s latest milestone, Queensberry welcomed key representatives from Sheffield City Council, Henry Boot Construction and Turner & Townsend for a tour of the site, along with an official topping-out ceremony.

Kate Martin, Executive Director, City Futures at Sheffield City Council, said:

“It’s great to see the progress being made on Elshaw House. Heart of the City is committed to a green and sustainable future. This will be the most sustainable office in Sheffield and will continue to grow this new business district at the heart of our city centre. The Council’s ambition is for Sheffield to become carbon neutral by 2030 and developments like this are essential to us meeting those targets.”

Andrew Davison, Project Director at Queensberry, commented:

“We are looking forward to seeing Elshaw House complete early next year. The building is already years ahead of current practice, with predicted performance close to expected 2035-2050 standards. It sets the standard for new offices in Sheffield – delivering a blueprint for more sustainable, innovative and flexible workspaces.”

The game changing office space, which will be ready for occupation in Spring 2023, will be marketed from September and Queensberry is confident of attracting leading organisations who are committed to a sustainable future.

Elshaw House sits alongside Pounds Park, Cambridge Street Collective – an exciting new food hall and restaurant destination, Bethel Chapel – a live music venue, and Leah’s Yard – a new hub for independent retailers and creative workshops.

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