Salford’s Eden project – not your common-or-garden eco office

Eden facade under construction

Source: Stuart Fraser

CiA new office building incorporating Europe’s largest green wall is also one of the UK’s most sustainable. Thomas Lane looks at how the team managed it

If a developer goes to all the trouble of building an office cloaked with 350,000 plants, then that greenery had better be more than skin deep. Fittingly named Eden, this 12-storey office, which stands out among the grey, metallic and dull red brick colours of Salford, is the first building in the UK to feature a NABERS UK 5.5* design review rating. 

NABERS is the energy efficiency rating system that is gaining traction because it is a proven methodology for predicting energy performance which is subsequently vindicated with annual energy consumption monitoring.

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