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52 Lime Street achieves a BREEAM first

A new City of London office tower, 52 Lime Street, has been awarded the first BREEAM UK New Construction 2014 certificate for building design.

It has been awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and engineered by Arup for WRBC Development, the tower will be approximately 190m tall. It will provide approximately 400,000 sq ft of office accommodation over 35 office floors above the ground and mezzanine levels, as well as an additional two basement and two roof plant levels.

Scheduled for completion in 2017, the tower will be the new European headquarters for global insurance company WR Berkley Corporation, which will occupy a fifth of the building in order to bring all its London employees under one roof. The remaining office space will be available for lease.

WRBC Development managing director Andrew Reynolds said: “We are delighted that 52 Lime Street has received the first BREEAM UK 2014 New Construction certificate, which demonstrates our commitment to creating one of the finest buildings in London. Our team is determined to deliver a high-performance building that is not only architecturally superb, but creates a pleasant and productive environment for those who will be working there.”

High design-stage scores were achieved for BREEAM’s transport, land use and ecology, water, waste and management categories.

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