Bourne Hill Offices, Salisbury

Heritage and innovation: the energy performance of a very interesting building

4 October 2012

CSE has been engaged by Wiltshire Council to undertake an evaluation of their Bourne Hill Offices in Salisbury. This is a striking combination of the 18th-century Grade II* listed four storey council offices and a boldly modern three storey linear extension that was added in 2010.

Martin Holley, CSE's Senior Technical Project Manger and the person leading the study, says it is one of the most interesting buildings that has audited.

"Bourne Hill offers a rare opportunity to study a building that combines the new and innovative - including green roofs and steel fin solar shields - with an existing highly protected heritage building. Similar studies have generally focused either on the brand new or on the old; it is not often that one building can provide both."

At the same time, the Bourne Hill study will also provide the opportunity to learn more about how modern ways of working – such as 'hot-desking', which Wiltshire Council is keen to promote – can affect a building's energy performance.

"The Council is keen to look in great detail at the performance of this building," explained Martin, "and in particular to understand the different energy use profiles of both the old and new parts, and analysing how they compare and influence each other."

For more about this project, and some great photos of the Bourne Hill development by Nick Hufton, read the project profile here. 

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