Birchwood Park net zero strategy embraces Chadwick House refurbishment

Chadwick House

The first stage of a multimillion-pound refurbishment of Chadwick House, on Birchwood Park, has been completed.

The work is part of the park’s sustainability strategy and follows significant efforts to continue to modernise and bring greater energy efficiency to its flexible working spaces, aligned with the ambitious goal of achieving net zero by 2030 in all managed areas across the site in Warrington.

Considered one of the park’s most iconic buildings and now home to more than 60 businesses, Chadwick House, originally built in the 1950s as part of the UKAEA development and known then as ‘E Block’, is undergoing a comprehensive transformation that will be completed this summer.

As the first stage of the refurbishment is completed, the park has also welcomed its first new occupier, home builders Persimmon Homes, who moved into the newly designed first floor office show suite of 10,540 sq ft.

Martin O’Rourke, commercial director at Birchwood Park, said: “We are thrilled to see the first stage of Chadwick House’s refurbishment come to fruition. This transformation not only revitalises one of our most historic and recognisable buildings, but also reinforces our commitment to providing top tier facilities for our occupiers and improving the environmental performance of offices.

“The move by Persimmon Homes into Chadwick House highlights the growing appeal of our modernised spaces and the vibrant community of property specialists we are welcoming here at Birchwood Park, a real testimony to our team for their dedication and hard work in creating an attractive, sustainable business environment.”

The refurbishment of Chadwick House includes significant upgrades aimed at improving energy efficiency. The building’s EPC rating will improve from a D to a B, thanks to the replacement of more than 700 windows with energy-efficient double glazing.

The refurbishment also includes a new façade with an impressive entrance, a city lounge-style reception, and communal working space featuring fresh coffee for staff and visitors.

Additionally, energy-efficient LED lighting and a new VRF comfort cooling system have been installed in the show suite space, replacing the old gas central heating and moving from fossil fuel to green electricity.

Martin added: “These enhancements are part of Birchwood Park’s broader sustainability initiatives. Across the park, 100% renewable electricity suppliers are used in all managed buildings.

“We also recycle over 70% of all waste, as well as ensuring zero waste is sent directly to landfill. A green travel plan, including free bus services across Warrington, supports eco-friendly commuting options for all and we look forward to welcoming new businesses to our community.”

Be Group and JLL are joint agents for Birchwood Park.

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