Lincoln’s greenest offices completed

A new company HQ in Langworth near Lincoln, possibly the greenest office building in the city, has been completed.

Bridge House has been handed over to Cool Milk after the £400,000 project was finished ahead of time by builders Gusto Group.

The building uses some of the latest green technology to ensure energy costs are halved and carbon emissions are reduced by 75%.

The offices were designed by SGA Architects and are the first in the county to use a construction material which uses masonry on the inside and insulation on the outside.

The Thin Joint block system uses specially manufactured aircrete blocks and quick-setting adhesive which makes the building more air tight, maintains air temperature inside the building much better and allows for more efficient heating and cooling.

Cool Milk HQ inside

Further green technologies used include solar panels to generate electricity, solar panels to heat water for the building, and a Freerain rainwater harvesting system.

There is also a mechanical heat recovery ventilation systems to keep a flow of fresh air and pre-warm it in the winter, air source heat pumps for heating and cooling the building, and ultra low energy LED lighting with movement sensors throughout the building.

The building will provide the new head office for the 15 staff of Langworth Resources, which handles Cool Milk’s UK dairy interests.

Chief executive of Gusto Group Steff Wright said: “Not only will it be one of the most energy-efficient offices in the county but it will hopefully inspire the staff who will work in it due to its design and location.”

Managing director of Cool Milk, Jon Thornes, said: “We are delighted with the new building. It’s extremely important for our company to ensure we are committed to the environment and this building is a demonstration of that commitment.”