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BP Chargemaster HQ

  • 45,000 ft2
  • 94% second life furniture
  • 47,000 kgCO2e carbon emissions saved
  • 17 tonnes of waste avoided
  • 60% cost saving

Electric car charging provider BP Chargemaster sought to make its new headquarters in Milton Keynes as sustainable as possible. The result is a showcase for low carbon and waste reduction that delivered excellent value for money.

Greenhouse Gas Savings

For the furniture, 47,000 kgCO2e of carbon emissions were saved compared to purchasing furniture made from virgin resources. 17 tonnes of furniture were remanufactured to as-new condition and not sent to waste.

All of the furniture provided has a take-back guarantee that ensures it will be remanufactured for further lives when it is no longer needed.

 

Affordable Ergonomic Excellence

All 200 office-based staff were furnished with sit-stand desks and occupational health ergonomic chairs (Orangebox Joy OHA). Perch stools were provided in phone booths to encourage movement and a range of desk height and stand up tables are available for staff to work in different postures around the building.

This ergonomic furniture cost approximately 60% less than if it was made from virgin resources, saving hundreds of thousands of pounds – thanks to the circular economy.

 

Agile Working & Flexibility

Each division was consulted to understand how they work most productively, and this was translated into the design of the furniture scheme.

Innovation rooms, a breakout mezzanine, a welcoming central lobby, an expansive canteen, garden areas, phone booths, quiet rooms, meeting rooms, casual meeting areas, and group working booths are integrated throughout the design. These enable staff to work in different ways, encouraging collaboration and creative thought.

 

Other Building Sustainability Features

Beyond the sustainable fit-out, the building has solar photovoltaic panels on the roof, a rainwater harvesting system, naturally landscaped gardens that merge into the trails through the adjacent Linford Wood.

Electric bikes enable staff to silently and easily travel around the neighbourhood and of course the car parking areas feature the latest in the company’s rapid electric car charging stations.

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