The RO Group says its imminent refurbishment of Silbury House will make it the most sustainable office building in Milton Keynes.

It will have sensors installed, supplied by Cambridge-based InferSens, to measure and control water usage and power sockets from in Reading, which will indicate when energy is being supplied from renewable sources. The system will enable items like computer monitors and printers to be turned off out of hours. Even refrigerators will switch off for a few hours each night.

There will be solar panels and EV chargers, heat recovery VRF air conditioning and air quality monitor. Fitwel accreditation will be sought and the developers hopes to achieve both BREEAM Excellent and EPC A.

Edward Rowlandson, RO group managing director, said: “Our redevelopment of Silbury House demonstrates our commitment to producing the best possible commercial property with the highest standards of environmental and wellbeing excellence. 

“The city’s extraordinary environmental goals surpass legal requirements, aligning with the UK’s net zero and other environmental targets. 

“We aim to do the same at Silbury and modernise the building to meet the highest standards.  I am extremely proud of the long and successful association that our organisation has had with the city and the surrounding area and we look forward to reporting on the progress that we are making towards a completion that is planned in early 2024.”

The development team on the project includes Gardiner and Theobald (environmental consultant), GSS (architect), Thomas Sinden (contractor) and Bray Fox Smith and LSH (commercial agents).

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