Severn Trent Water


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At the core of GHA’s architectural input for Severn Trent Water was a desire to give a radical lift to its employees’ working environment and to help transform the image of the organisation.

View of front elevation

The two-storey building houses customer services and credit management departments. It now has breakout spaces and a restaurant/seminar space as its social heart. The floorspace was arranged to maximise flexibility and communication including sub-letting of areas if desired.

Open plan offices

"Intelligently orientated and using a belt of mature planting, the building is incredibly efficient in carbon emission terms that bodes well for through-life costs which when taken together with clever lighting systems, water saving devices, pre-treated air and solar PV creates a really exceptional workplace experience for our people."

Ted Pearce, Head of Property Services, Severn Trent Water
Central hub area with reception and breakout space
Informal meeting area

The building is also at the cutting edge of sustainability, taking it well beyond a BREEAM 'excellent' rating to energy efficiencies that are three times that of normal offices. This has been achieved by measures including cladding the building with recycled timber-composite vertical panels and using mixed-mode ventilation with preconditioned supply air from ground pipes and night-time cooling of the exposed concrete structure.

View of rear elevation showing cafe' terrace at ground floor and roof terrace above
Physical model
Second floor


British Council for Offices 2015
Regional Award (Corporate Workplace)

RICS West Midlands 2014
Shortlisted – Commercial Category

Civic Trust Awards 2013
West Midlands Region – Commendation
RIBA Awards 2012
West Midlands Regional Award

Greenbuild Awards 2012

BD Architect of the Year 2010
Office Category – Winner