Heron Tower, the 46 storey tower being built in the heart of London, has been awarded a BREEAM rating of Excellent.
The development, located on an island site in Bishopsgate, has special features including photovoltaic cells to generate renewable energy that contributes to the overall power requirements of the building and helps to create a solar shield, plus triple skin glazed facades to reduce heat gain by 45% over a standard glazing solution.
Heron Tower’s Development Director Steven Evans said: “Our focus has been on developing a building which will be one of the most advanced buildings in the world, setting a global benchmark for quality in commercial office space.”
He added: “Environmental issues are increasingly high on the corporate agenda and sustainability has become a central factor in building design. Heron Tower has met this challenge head on employing a variety of environmentally conscious strategies. We are delighted to have achieved a BREEAM rating of Excellent.”
The tower was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and is being built by construction partners Skanska. It is due for completion in the first quarter of 2011.