Severn Trent Centre
Client: Severn Trent plc
Size: 200,000 sq ft
Developer: Stoford Developments
For the Severn Trent Centre development, we were responsible for introducing the occupier, Severn Trent, to our client, property developer, Stoford Developments. Its new HQ, a £60 million flagship property, was built to have one of the lowest carbon footprints in the UK and house some 1,700 of Severn Trent’s staff.
At the time of our involvement, the requirement was in the marketplace but there was no existing office building in Coventry to satisfy their need to relocate from Coventry Road, Sheldon. We recognised their need for a solution of design and build offices, as their best option, and subsequently introduced them to our client, Stoford Developments. From there things moved quickly, with Stoford sourcing a site, meeting with their new client, Severn Trent, and taking a design brief.
The property, located in Coventry city centre, is shown to so many people, even now – for its BREEAM Excellent rating. When construction was completed, the offices were ahead of their time, with the specification delivering a higher efficiency level than developers were tending to build to. This aligned with Severn Trent’s drive for efficiency and eco-friendliness. At 200,000 sq ft, the property represented one of the largest ever transactions in the Coventry area.
Stoford Development Director, David Brown, said: “Severn Trent Centre represented one of Stoford’s biggest achievements. It’s an exemplary, flagship office building. When KWB made us aware of Severn Trent’s requirement and put us in touch with them, it was at exactly the right time. Working with Severn Trent allowed us to create a landmark, BREEAM Excellent office property. The project fulfilled our aspirations as a developer to deliver innovative, industry-leading developments, and the results surpassed the client’s initial expectations for their new offices.”