Grundfos Pumps recently hosted an event that celebrated the complete refurbishment of their building that is the HQ for the UK sales and marketing operation in Leighton Buzzard.
The Danish Ambassador Anne Steffensen, MP Andrew Selous, senior members of the Grundfos Management from both Denmark and the UK joined with customers who marked the event with a street party themed event. With a London bus parked at the front of the building, guests were taken on a tour of the new facilities lunch in a marquee and entertainment. In the afternoon Grundfos staff and their families enjoyed a traditional afternoon tea and entertainment that included face painting, nail art and fun and games for young and old!
In terms of the actual refurbishment of the 4-storey building Grundfos are a company that prides itself on their wide range of energy efficient pumps that offer savings of up to 80%. Therefore wanted to ensure the building upgrade would not simply offer staff an improved environment and facilities – although this is an important aspect for undertaking an extensive upgrade - but that also included as many energy efficiency and other green considerations as was feasible within the building fabric.
This meant the company incorporated as many – direct and indirect – efficiency measures as possible to support their own business model and ethos. These included:
- solar panels on the roof that will provide more than enough energy to meet the hot water needs.
- a VRV (variable refrigerant volume) system was installed throughout the building.
- T8 motion and light sensitive lighting.
- toilets use only 6 litres per flush; automated taps use the hot water generated by the solar panels and automated hand dryers mean there is no longer a need for towels.
- dead zones such as landing areas are now being used for coffee facilities and informal meetings.
- staff meeting rooms have state-of-the-art links to encourage on-line meetings via Adobe Connect and Scopia for example, to discourage unnecessary travel – both within and outside the UK.
The total cost of the refurbishment was £1.2m. The energy saving features are expected to deliver a 50% energy saving on top of the energy savings that we will make from reducing our demand. It is hoped that these changes will be seen as an energy beacon within the global Grundfos Group, the industry in general and the local area, so people can see what can be achieved with some imagination, an adaptable attitude and a willingness to embrace change.