Duke opens new Ordnance Survey headquarters

Posted on by John Cronin

Earlier this week, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh officially opened the new Ordnance Survey headquarters in Southampton.

OS officesThe visit of The Duke of Edinburgh marks the official opening of the new building (pictured) that was completed earlier this year. Over 1,000 staff have already relocated from the existing headquarters in Maybush, Southampton.

Ordnance Survey (OS), an independent non-ministerial government department, now has start-of-the-art headquarter offices that cost approximately £40m. Main developers Kier began construction in April 2009 at a 15.5-acre site at Adanac Park, close to the M271.

Adanac Park is a new, modern business park set in 75-acres of landscaped grounds. When fully-developed the site will offer approximately 825,000 sq ft of floor space within several two, three and four-storey office buildings. Developers Barker-Mill Estates are appealing against a planning application refusal for construction of a private hospital within the business park.

The innovative 180,000 sq ft OS office building is located on plot 4 of Adanac Park. Consisting of a large three-story atrium with four connected blocks, has been designed to minimise carbon emissions and to be energy efficient. The range of sustainable construction methods deployed include a rainwater harvesting system, natural ventilation and lighting systems and a large ground source heat pump that cost £2.5m. The building has achieved a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’.

Commenting on the new headquarters, Vanessa Lawrence CB, Ordnance Survey director general and chief executive says: “Our new head office will safeguard Ordnance Survey’s long-term future as an innovative and world-class organisation based in the Southampton area. “

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