Offices are becoming increasingly more environmentally friendly to fit in with new Government legislation coming in to force next year and to fulfil CSR objectives.
At Hello Eco Living we’re always looking for people who stand out head and shoulders above the rest and we believe we’ve found one of the businesses leading the stakes in the eco office revolution…
Lucas Hickman Smith Architects is situated in the historic market town of Wymondham in Norfolk. They have been in their current eco office since June 2006.
Before moving in, the restored building was given a lot of thought to enable eco friendly credentials. Many corporations want to be seen to be socially responsible but for directors Paul Lucas and Terry Hickman Smith, protecting the environment is a concern close to their hearts.
The offices were painted with organic paints with natural pigments to banish pollution and fumes which are given off standard paints. The carpet is woven from jute; hardwearing, easy on the eye and above all, in harmony with nature.
Recycling is a prominent theme; the office furniture is reclaimed and recycled, complementing the character of the building. All staff engage in the recycling process by reusing as much as possible. There is a wormery outside where employees contribute to the compost with their biodegradable waste.
Energy is used on a need-only basis. The large windows allow a lot of natural light to flood the open plan office but when the evenings draw in, the office is illuminated by compact fluorescents which are more planet friendly than standard lights.
Each year Lucas Hickman Smith chooses an eco charity to support. Managers and staff bring in home grown fruit and organic eggs laid by their own chickens so there is always something tasty and healthy to snack on.
The office is cleaned using Ecover cleaning products which do not emit fumes like most industrial products do.
The office located near to shops and other business and is on a public transport network, with the intention for clients to think eco.
The company abides by a strict Environmental policy which ensures that all the work they carry out is sustainable and socially responsible. Green architecture is their field of expertise making sure all of their designs are as environmentally friendly as possible.
The office is an eco haven and it has been created with the planet in mind and the wellbeing of the staff. Lucas Hickman Smith is a happy, creative place where their work ensures the very best for the future.