Yesterday (21 August), construction began on a new zero carbon business centre at the Elmsbrook development in Bicester.
PERCH, Elmsbrook is one of two new co-working spaces brought to Bicester by Cherwell District Council (CDC) and is subject to support from European Regional Development Funding.
The 1,400 sqm building will span three floors and accommodate up to 125 people. It will be unique in providing local office space for individuals and small businesses in a highly sustainable building, meeting the standards of the North West Bicester Eco Town.
Not only will the building be stylish and considerate in design, but it also goes some way to providing space for new and growing businesses in the district. The co-working space will support people to reach their potential with free business support, and provide the opportunity to network with like minded workers.
PERCH, Elmsbrook sits in a very accessible area where people can travel to work in sustainable ways, either on foot, by bike or public transport, meaning the use of private cars would be reduced.
The fabric first approach creates a building that is well insulated to reduce heat loss during the winter, and combining natural and mechanical ventilation maintains thermal comfort and high levels of fresh air throughout the year.
Rooftop solar panels will also be installed, and the smart design will help minimise energy and water consumption.
• PERCH, Franklins House and PERCH, Elmsbrook are companies owned wholly by Cherwell District Council
• People wishing to express an interest in co working at PERCH, either in Franklins House or Elmsbrook locations can email Bicester@cherwell-dc.gov.uk
• With construction now underway, the building is due to complete by Autumn 2018, in preparation for its tenants to occupy the space soon after