The Crown Estate’s head office at 1 St James’s Market has become the first office in Europe to achieve a WELL Platinum certification. The WELL standard measures how well a building enhances people’s health and wellness, which is based on seven categories: air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort and mind.
There are only 11 WELL Platinum certified buildings globally, including projects in Australia, the U.S. and China. In the UK, there are currently only four other WELL Certified projects; The Porter Building in Slough, the NEO building in Manchester and One Carter Lane in the City of London all have WELL Gold certification, while 100 Victoria Street in Westminster has WELL Silver certification.
Several steps were taken by The Crown Estate to secure accreditation, for example, the layout of the office is open plan to maximise natural daylight for all desks to support circadian rhythms, and a there are a range of ergonomic desks to allow both sitting and standing.
Other features that helped the building achieve Platinum certification include offering a healthy variety of meals for staff; internal “green walls” to promote biophilia; moss on the walls to control acoustics and the provision of different types of workspaces including a library and contemplation rooms.
Judith Everett, CEO of The Crown Estate, commented “We are all delighted that our Head Office in St James’s Market has become the first office in Europe to achieve the Platinum WELL standard. When we moved to our new offices we wanted to deliver the very best environment for the people who work at The Crown Estate, and this accreditation shows we achieved that.”
“The WELL standard has changed the way we, as an industry, think about how we can have a positive impact on the people who work in our buildings.