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Clare Hudson
Clare Hudson
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  • 27th May 2011

Harlequin 1, West End, London- Europe’s most Sustainable Building

The Harlequin 1 building in West London which is occupied by a variety of sports and broadcasting companies such as BSkyB will soon become one the most sustainable buildings in Europe when it opens this summer.

In 2010, Harlequin 1 won sustainable project of the year, receiving a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ and an ‘A’ rated energy performance certificate.

By 2020, it is expected that the building will cut its carbon emissions by a quarter. Sky is also working to help customers cut their personal carbon emissions by creating a smaller HD box which uses significantly less power and packaging.

Building features include:

  • A CCHP (Combined Cooling & Heating Power) onsite power plant which burns renewable waste such as old wooden pallets to provide the building with electricity, chilled water and hot water.
  • A wind turbine which will produce 40% of the buildings energy.
  • Energy efficient, solar and motion sensor lighting
  • Outside air cooling for equipment rooms
  • Natural ventilation to cool studios, reduce use of air conditioning and cut the building’s overall energy use by 7.5%
  • Low energy heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Rainwater harvesting to irrigate green spaces and flush toilets.

Sky said, “Our approach is that every watt counts - both in the reduction of energy use and in the generation of appropriate renewable energy. Every method of reducing energy use has been addressed, and every appropriate method of generating renewable energy has been harvested.”

Click here to view office space in the West End.


Harlequin 1 wins Sustainability Award

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