Construction of a building that is so green the developer claims it will save occupiers up to £1 million in fuel efficiencies over 10 years has reached its highest point.
A ‘topping out’ ceremony marked the structural completion of 105,600 sq ft office Calthorpe House development in Edgbaston situated near Five Ways Island with council leader Mike Whitby on hand to mark the occasion with the traditional planting of a tree to ward off evil spirits from the building.
The £40 million Calthorpe House development is one of the first in Birmingham to achieve an environmental BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ and will provide open-plan Grade A office accommodation with significant green credentials.
Jayne Herritty, sales and marketing director at Calthorpe Estates, said: “Topping out recognises the efforts of the contractors and site workers involved in a scheme. It’s great to be able to celebrate the result so far.
“Calthorpe House is a sustainable landmark development at a prominent gateway to the city, and will deliver long term benefits for its surrounding environment for many years to come. It has been designed to provide the highest quality office space and represents best practice at every level.”
Speeches from Councillor Whitby, Sir Euan and Paul Goodall of BAM Construction marked the occasion, which was followed by a lunch reception at the nearby Marriott hotel.
Paul Goodall, commercial director of BAM Construction, said: “From conception the scheme was designed to set the standard in sustainable development in the city and it’s been great to oversee the progress from paper to construction.
“From the contextual design of the building to the installation of energy efficient solar control glass, sustainability has been key at every stage”.
The building is set to be complete in spring 2009.