Carbon negative office scheme opens in Yorkshire

Posted on by John Cronin

An innovative, speculative office scheme that actually reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been completed in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Old Corn MillThe Old Corn Mill conversion scheme (pictured) has been given a rare A+ energy performance rating as a result of the energy efficient features installed in the building. The office development is 1 of only 14 carbon negative commercial buildings in the UK.

A combination of technologies including solar panels, wind turbines and water power have been incorporated into the refurbishment of the old mill that dates back to around 1750. The building at Bullhouse Mill, near Penistone, produces more green energy in a year than it consumes, with the exported surplus effectively removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, giving it an energy performance rating of A+.

Located at Bullhouse Mill, the converted and extended building is adjacent to the existing Bullhouse Mill Enterprise Hub which offers serviced office facilities from £35 / week for a single workstation. The 75,000 sq ft, mixed-use hub is supported by the Enterprising Barnsley organisation. Office suites within the Old Corn Mill range in size from 925 sq ft up to 6,305 sq ft. Quoted rental prices are £12.50 / sq ft and tenants are expected to benefit from reduced heating and electricity bills as a result of the energy efficiency measures used.

Developer Charles Booth says: “We believe there is a market for a sustainable office building, so whether that is for companies who believe in a low carbon future or others wanting to keep a low carbon chain, there is quite a wide market out there.”

Marketing agents for the scheme are Chris Rowlands and Co.

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