Over 130 employees of Environment Agency Wales (South West Area) have moved their Area offices to a brownfield site at Llandarcy, Glamorgan. They have moved to the new building from premises at St Helens Road, Swansea. Interface – well known for its environmental leadership in the floorcoverings industry – supplied its Re-Entry tiles for the newly designed 1,350 square metre building.
Four years ago Interface launched a scheme to collect used carpet tiles. These are refurbished through a couple of not-for-profit companies, Green Works in London and Spruce Carpets in Glasgow, which prepares them for a new life as Re-Entry tiles for Interface. This initiative drastically reduces landfill and incineration costs and forms part of an overall strategy to achieve as near total-sustainability as is possible by 2020. Sustainability to Interface relates to every dimension of the company – people, process, products, place and profits.
“I am delighted that the move to our new building at Llandarcy went so smoothly. The new office will bring many benefits in terms of best operational practice linked to a more environmentally friendly approach.”Roy Fowles, the Agency’s Area Manager South West
The installation of Interface’s Re-Entry tiles has helped the building to meet the criteria of a BREEAM “Excellent” standard. BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is a tool that allows owners, users and designers to review and improve environmental performance throughout the life of a building.