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Energy firm opens its greenest office ever

A key player in the UK’s transition to net zero, is today celebrating moving into its own, most energy efficient office ever.

From Press releases - 8 December 2020 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks, the electricity firm that keeps the power flowing across London, the South-East and East of England has been handed the keys to Borehamwood Studios, leaving its former offices based nearby and in Potters Bar, after 20 years.

The new office has solar panels on the roof and ten electric vehicle (EV) charging points. It has been built to use the latest energy efficient technology, and has an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of A. It is estimated it will save around 20 tonnes of carbon per year.

UK Power Networks plays a key role in enabling the UK’s transition to net zero. It leads the development of a smart, flexible grid to support electric vehicles, improve air quality and reduce carbon footprints. It advises businesses, councils and individuals how to best connect EV charge point and plan electric fleets. 

Cliff Couch, head of facilities services said: “This is a key long-term investment for us and we are looking forward to finishing fitting out the brand new building as a light bright space for our staff to work in, so that they can operate efficiently and continue to deliver great service. We are committed to ensuring that the working environment supports business requirements at all times.”

Logistics facilities developer Panattoni has leased the 200-desk building to UK Power Networks for 20 years, and designed the site in a way that will support more sustainability features in the future.

Tony Watkins, Development Director at Panattoni said: “Panattoni are glad to have the first tenant at Panattoni Park Borehamwood to have already taken occupation and started to fit out, so it is great to see the site start to take shape and UK Power N be a part of it.

"The unit benefits from a number of sustainability enhancements, including 7.2kw fast charging points in the car park, a solar array system on the roof, along with internal and external LED lighting. Inside the 19,000 square foot warehouse it benefits from 10% roof lighting throughout, so there is plenty of natural light within the space. It’s great to see companies leading on the sustainable agenda.”