Industrial Refurbishment

Exemplar Net Zero Office Refurbishment of a
Listed Mill Building

Useful Studio have been commissioned by Workman LLP, on behalf of Hermes Investment Management, to consider the refurbishment of a listed industrial building in the context of changing trends in workplace design and with an ambition to be an exemplar net zero listed building.

The estate is rooted in a legacy of bold and pioneering engineering and industry.

This history, together with the sustainable commitments of Hermes Investment Management, inform the key themes of Legacy, Net Zero, Minimising Embodied and Operational Carbon, and Greening.

Hermes have invested a significant period of research, investigation and appraisal of their long term sustainability goals, particularly their alignment with global climate change targets taking direction from the UN, the UK Government, World and UK Green Building Council’s and the RIBA. Their Design Innovation Standard is expected to be a market leader in sustainable design commitments – extending beyond the key area of carbon emissions and including aspects of the built environment that still have close association to climate change but also include wellbeing considerations, the principles of circular economy and the role of technology in the buildings of the future, plus many more.

The aspiration is that the scheme serves as an exemplar net zero refurbishment of a listed building.


Workman LLP & Hermes Investment Management



Team Credits: 

Watermans, MEP

Expedition, Structure

Turley, Planning

Aecom, Principal Designer

Gleeds, QS