Text description provided by the architects. CAFOD’s (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) new headquarters adjacent to Pugin's listed St George's Cathedral in Southwark has been designed to be an exemplar of sustainable workplace design. The building was conceived to be intrinsically sustainable by balancing the three criteria that together comprise sustainable development:
The design of the building actively encourages people to meet and communicate with each other, improving information and knowledge sharing and creating a heart for the CAFOD community and their international team.
A radical innovation in workplace design is realised within the constraints of a limited budget demonstrating CAFOD’s “live simply” philosophy and their core charity function. The building design and material pallet is elegant, simple and efficient as opposed to opulent, extravagant or wasteful. The resultant scheme takes into account lifecycle running costs as well as construction capital.
Achieves an Excellent BREEAM rating through the integration of innovative building techniques and technologies.