Peel Media have announced that they have submitted plans to establish a 350,000 sq ft Grade A office building in Salford’s MediaCityUK. The new building will be constructed opposite ITV and the University of Salford’s media campus. The building has been planned to fit with the surrounding sustainable buildings, with many already reaching net zero
The development plans show that the building will have 11 storeys, with retail space on the ground floor and a leisure space to be used by the office workers. The building boasts green areas, as every other floor will have its own green balcony and on the top floor an outdoor terrace will be built for office workers to be closer to nature. To create this green space, there will be trees, shrubs and herbaceous grasses planted to increase the areas biodiversity.
The plan outlines a new safe bike hub that will have the capacity for 283 bikes and there are also plans to build changing facilities for office workers to use. These new spaces and facilities are being put into place to encourage workers to find more sustainable ways to travel to lower the emissions from cars within Media City.
One of the biggest carbon emitting stages of constructing a new office building is the construction itself and the materials that are used. In order to lower the carbon intensity of the building the structure is to be made of aluminium.
The sustainability of this new office building seems to be incredibly important for Peel Media as their main aims are to have an EPC A rating, be BREEAM Outstanding, and by using the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) Framework they hope to become net zero.
If the plans they have submitted are approved, construction of the new sustainable office building will begin in Summer 2023.