The Crown Estate’s head office at St James’s Market has been awarded WELL Certification at the Platinum Level from the International WELL Building Institute.
WELL is the global building standard designed to enhance people’s health and wellness through the built environment. There are only 11 platinum projects in the world, across the US, Australia and China. There are currently 5 WELL Certified projects in the UK, 3 of which are gold and 1 is silver.
The Crown Estate’s office, located on the first and seventh floors of No 1 St James’s Market, has taken several steps to secure accreditation. For example, the office layout maximises access to natural daylight for all desks to support circadian rhythms, and the majority of the desks are ergonomic allowing people to sit or stand.
The Crown Estate earned the distinction based on seven categories of building performance—air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort and mind. Project features that helped secure Platinum WELL Certification include:
- Provision of a healthy variety of meals for staff
- Internal green walls and planting to promote biophilia, as well as moss on the walls to control acoustics
- Filtered water available at various locations to ensure hydration
- Selection and procurement of furniture, fixture and finishes (for example paints, chairs, etc) with low VOC content to maintain healthy indoor air quality levels
- Provision of different types of workplaces and spaces including a library, contemplation rooms, and provision of a number ergonomic desks to meet the different needs of people
- High-quality base build features including fresh air rates, visible stair case, acoustic performance, and the location of the building to local amenities, parks and public transport
WELL is grounded in a body of evidence-based research that explores the connection between the buildings where we spend approximately 90% of our time, and the health and wellness impacts on us as occupants of these buildings.
To be awarded WELL Certification by IWBI, The Crown Estate office in St James’s Market underwent rigorous testing and a final evaluation carried out by Green Business Certification Inc, which is the third-party certification body.
The Crown Estate is also aiming for WELL Certification for a further two buildings in central London, at the Marq on Jermyn St and 1 Heddon St.
Judith Everett, chief operating officer at The Crown Estate commented: “We are all delighted that our Head Office in St James’s Market has become the first office in Europe to achieve the Platinum WELL standard. When we moved to our new offices we wanted to deliver the very best environment for the people who work at The Crown Estate, and this accreditation shows we achieved that.
“The WELL standard has changed the way we, as an industry, think about how we can have a positive impact on the people who work in our buildings.
“We’ve worked hard to ensure that our own space here at St James’s Market represents the best standards in flexible, contemporary workspace, and this formal accreditation would truly demonstrate our commitment to creating brilliant places – both for ourselves and for our customers. We are exploring ways we can work collectively at portfolio level to meet well-being requirements.”
Rick Fedrizzi, chairman and CEO of the International WELL Building Institute said: “With its platinum level WELL Certification, The Crown Estate Headquarters at St. James’s Market joins a select group of industry leaders worldwide committed to delivering the very best in buildings that advance human health. We are extremely excited to congratulate The Crown Estate for its outstanding achievement and dedication to elevating health and sustainability to new heights in ways that help people thrive.”