The full impact of the loss of a pioneering, energy efficient building has been depicted in a powerful video by Rare Commercial Property.

Managing director Jonathan Mannings who, eight years ago was marketing the space in Beaufort Park, a 50,000 sq ft office building in Crowthorne, has now produced an updated version of a video he featured in at the time, with a ‘then and now’ effect to bring home the full loss of the scheme which is currently being demolished by Taylor Wimpey for 68 homes.

The building, completed in 2009, was seen as ahead of its time and benefitted from its setting within 56 acres of protected heathland. Yet it was never occupied and, despite the redevelopment being turned down by Bracknell Forest Council in 2018, a subsequent appeal was upheld. 

Mr Mannings said: “Beaufort Park was a building truly ahead of its time. It boasted some of the highest ESG credentials, surpassing many of the schemes we see on the market today, and yet it failed to let.

“It is very hard to say why – we certainly had lots of interested parties consider the building including Boehringer Ingelheim and BSRIA but unfortunately, none were willing to sign a lease. The position might have been a different one if we were just commencing the marketing now.”

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