VIP visit to Central St Giles
10am – 12.30pm, 22 October 2013
VIP site visit to Central St Giles, London The Sustain Worldwide organised VIP visit to the Renzo Piano designed Central St Giles, London, on 22 October was acclaimed a great success. Forty VIPs and press, from amongst others Guardian Sustainable Business, The Independent and Architects’ Journal, attended the event, which was hosted by Simon Wilkes Head of Business Space Development for developer and landlord LGP.
The guests enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the iconic citrus façaded building, located at the eastern end of the UK’s busiest street, Oxford Street. The highlight for your reviewer was a visit to the glazing-wrapped 10th Floor, which has panoramic views of central London from its green roof terrace.
Wilkes, Lee Oxley for tenant NBC Universal (google and King Media are other clients), John Baker for the HVAC supplier Climaveneta, and Jeff Lengthorne for the building’s FM Broadgate Estates delivered short presentations. Engaged Q&A sessions followed each presentation.
Chris Greaves, Head of Offering & Markets, Uponor, said: “The event was an interesting ‘warts and all’ look at a BREEAM Excellent building from various perspectives. ” Wilkes’ openness as to the challenges and failings of the building, as well as the successes, was noted as being an especially valuable learning.
Arrival at Central St Giles for coffee and introductions facilitated by Anwar Harland-Khan, Sustain Worldwide
Presentations from Simon Wilkes of L&GP, Mauro Montello of Climaveneta and others including questions
Tour of the building hosted by Simon Wilkes
Return to meeting room for open debate on the building and its achievements and how this sets the bar of sustainable development into the future
Lunch and networking