Romero House, London

The new headquarters building for the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development exemplifies their approach to environmental and social responsibility. King Shaw Associates provided the building services and environmental design for this BREEAM Excellent building in Lambeth.

Designed to maximise energy efficiency the open plan offices benefit from opening windows with mixed mode displacement ventilation to control air quality when pollution from the road becomes too bad. Passive night cooling is supplemented by pipework embedded within the exposed concrete slabs which delivers low energy heating and cooling from an array of ground source boreholes beneath the building.

The windows and an atrium at the heart of the building were engineered to maximise daylight penetration deep into the offices. In addition to ground source energy, solar energy is captured by photovoltaics and solar thermal collectors on the roof.

Client: CAFOD
Value: £8,000,000
Architect: Black Architecture