A collection of accounts and kind words by the media and tenants about WCR Space and its portfolio.
“One of Cardiff’s first out-of-town office buildings has seen its occupancy soar.”
We are glad to announce that WCR Space is now a member of the Flexible Space Association.
The Flexible Space Association is the voice of the flexible workspace industry. It is the professional trade body for the sector, with the remit to support, promote and represent this vibrant industry. Members comprise the operators of serviced and managed offices, coworking space, business centres, workshop units and virtual office providers. The providers of services to the flexible workspace industry also form part of the membership. Each member signs up to the Code of Conduct, committing to the highest standards of services and business practices.
The flexible workspace industry plays a vital role in the UK economy, supporting businesses of all sizes to grow at the pace which is right for them.
We’ve been lucky to welcome a range of new tenants from a variety of sectors to Quest House over the past twelve months.
We were delighted to welcome Lee Selway and the Amey OW Ltd team to Quest House in the Summer. Amey is one of the country’s leading infrastructure services and civil engineering companies, with over 14,000 employees.
WSP are our first new tenants for 2023. WSP is one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consultancies with 37000 talented people, based in more than 500 offices, across 40 countries.
Tenants at Caerphilly Business Park are set to sign a ‘Green Pledge’ as part of WCR’s commitment to sustainability. The pledge includes turning off lights when leaving an office for the day, unplugging appliances overnight and when not in use and to use the recycling bins provided to dispose of paper, cardboard, plastic and tin waste. WCR have also asked tenants not to use air conditioning and mobile electric heating unnecessarily and without consent. PAT Testing was also a requirement of the pledge, to ensure electrical items are safe and not consuming more electric than they should be.
The long term plan is the overall roll out of the pledge across the WCR portfolio in an ongoing attempt to look at not only reducing overall energy consumption and costs, but at the longer term sustainability and business longevity.
Rising electricity costs and good roof space on a commercial property make a solar panel system a sensible investment. As well as the Green Pledge to encourage behavioural change, we at WCR have also explored changing the building fabric to reduce their carbon footprint with the investment in our own clean energy generation through the installation of solar panels on Britannia Lodge at Caerphilly Business Park, completed in December 2022.
As part of this overall refurbishment, new carpets have also been fitted in all of the common areas. To complete the process dramatic art-work is to go up to create an impressive feature in the stairwell.
Solar panels and electric charge points installations are planned in further WCR properties in the near future.
At Beechwood Business Park in Dover, WCR Space built one of the most energy efficient offices in the UK at the time in 2010/11. Viking House was so energy efficient it could not be assessed by the UK’s EPA system, it was literally ‘of the scale’. Constructed to the German Passivhaus standard, the extent of insulation, and various clever features such as the air filter system (which retains the vast majority of energy used to keep the air warm) it was the first office in England to be certified as ‘Passivhaus’.
Mike Wallace, Property Director for WCR Space said at the time; “As well as significantly low energy costs, the new Beechwood Park development offers a healthy working environment, which will help promote productivity and creativity plus reduce absenteeism. German PassivHaus offices already show that these positive effects are possible. These factors are increasingly important for owners of commercial property, in the face of increasing legislation and rising tenant expectations.”
The building was let on completion to a tenant who was proud to only need to heat their offices for 2 months of the year- their annual costs savings are substantial, so when their lease came to an end recently, they immediately signed up for another 10 years.