1 St James’s Market, The Crown Estate’s head office, has been given a WELL certification status of Platinum – the first throughout Europe to achieve such an accolade. It is notoriously difficult to be awarded WELL Platinum status, with only 11 buildings worldwide currently considered such.
What is a WELL Certification?
The WELL standard looks at how well a building has a positive effect on health. They consider things such as water, air, nourishment, comfort, light and mind.
So far, there are four WELL certified projects in the UK, although The Crown Estate is the only one at platinum status. Other certified projects are One Carter Lane in the City of London, Slough’s The Porter Building and the Neo Building in Manchester, all of which are certified as WELL Gold. In London’s Westminster, 100 Victoria Street also has a WELL Silver status.
The Crown Estate
Behind the scenes, The Crown Estate worked hard to ensure that they would be awarded the highest accolade. They looked at how to ensure natural daylight was achievable for every desk in the office for example and also made sure that each desk in the office was ergonomic, to allow the users to be as comfortable as possible.
They also installed ‘green walls’ to bring the outdoors in; moss on walls to soundproof the space; and created a range of rooms such as chill-out spaces and a library.
The Crown Estate CEO, Judith Everett, spoke of their delight at being the first in Europe to be awarded a WELL standard of Platinum. It has been their aim since they moved into the new offices at St James’s Market and they are thrilled that this has been achieved.