CLS Holdings secures planning consents for three sustainably focused offices in London, and Stuttgart

CLS Holdings, a FTSE 250 office space specialist, has this week secured detailed planning consent for a new 10-storey office in the heart of Vauxhall, adjacent to its head office.

The development on Vauxhall Walk, SE11, will provide 28,500 sq ft (2,648 sq m) NIA of grade A office space, with a communal and private south-facing roof terrace, a café, shower and changing facilities along with secure cycle storage. It will have a brick façade, aiming to integrate the building into the wider Spring Mews estate, which CLS built over two phases completing in 2014 and 2018.  

The building will have openable windows on all elevations, smart lighting and PV panels. It is expected to achieve EPC A and BREEAM Excellent ratings and will also capture a significant amount of data to continually improve its energy efficiency and performance.

In addition, listed building consent and planning permission was granted last month for a major refurbishment of 9 Prescot St in the City of London. The building will be transformed by reconfiguring the main entrance, creating a new central reception and café salon, extending the roof terrace and enhancing shower and cycle facilities.

The existing B1 office accommodation from the lower ground to third floor of 55,600 sq ft (5,165 sq m) NIA will have a quality CAT A fit-out following the departure of Barts Health NHS Trust, who have been in the building for 16 years. 

Building services, lifts and roof top plant are to be replaced, along with existing windows. This means that the refurbishment will achieve BREEAM Excellent and improve its EPC rating from D to B.

In Stuttgart, Germany, at Vor dem Lauch 14, a further building permit was granted this summer for the construction of a new six-storey office providing 150,000 sq. ft (13,935 sq m) NIA of office space. The building has excellent links to the City Centre and Stuttgart Airport. The building will include flexible floor plates, co-working café combined with reception, cycle and shower facilities, a roof top garden with bar and EV car charging in the underground garage. A pre-let is being sought for at least 50% of the building before construction starts.

Simon Wigzell, Head of Group Property at CLS, says: “These projects are a demonstration of our ability to actively manage our assets to deliver sustainable buildings and ultimately value for our stakeholders. During this challenging time, we have remained focused on our occupier’s requirements throughout the design process. All the buildings will have fully openable windows, air quality monitoring, photovoltaics, roof top terraces, cycle storage, lockers, showers and break out café reception facilities. By focusing on sustainability, health and wellbeing we are creating places people will want to work from.”

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