net zero hq

Collinson Construction has started work on a new major project that will create a net zero HQ for Eden District Council, using Passivhaus design principles

Working alongside 2030 Architects, Baker Mallet and Greengauge, Collinson Construction will transform Voreda House, a former NHS building in Penrith, into ‘net zero HQ’ office building.

The net zero project will create a modern and accessible single site for the council whose operations are currently split over two outdated buildings.

The net zero HQ project will see Voreda House’s existing windows and cladding removed and replaced, as well as significant roof works and the installation of new mechanical and electrical systems.

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The net zero project will give outdated building a new lease of life

Robert Duxbury, managing director of Collinson Construction, commented: “As well as helping the local authority to deliver services more efficiently from a single site, this project will give an outdated building a new lease of life and a bright, low-carbon future.

“We’re proud to be part of the team, all working together to make this important project a success for the council and its stakeholders.”

‘Leading the way in reducing carbon emissions’

Councillor Virginia Taylor, leader of Eden District Council, said: “I’m delighted that the long-held aim of Eden District Council for a single site is now a reality.

“All the more so because, firstly Penrith can offer state of the art facilities to house increased local government jobs and services – just in time for the new unitary authority, and secondly because the building will lead the way in reducing carbon emissions.”

Representatives of Eden District Council marked the beginning of the refurbishment works with a traditional earth cutting ceremony.

Council Leader, councillor Virginia Taylor, council chairman, councillor Andrew Connell and resources portfolio holder, councillor Karen Greenwood joined Richard Callaghan, project manager at Collinson Construction, and other members of the project team at the ceremony.

The net zero HQ project is scheduled to be completed and handed over to the council by the end of 2022.

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