Workplace wellbeing

A full list of what makes an office sustainable is featured in the BREEAM Outstanding section below, but at the forefront is enhancing the wellbeing of those who work there. Through exceptional workspace design, we’ve created offices that have employees' wellness in mind. Flexible floorplans, natural light, fresh air indoors, outdoor working spaces, and layouts that foster collaboration: that’s why all IQL workplaces are Gold certified by the International WELL Building Institute.

BREEAM outstanding

How can an office be sustainable? You might ask. Many of our buildings have also achieved an Outstanding award from BREEAM – the world leading authority on sustainable buildings. This is the highest achievement awarded, recognising places that were built with Sustainability in mind. By building with low-carbon materials such as responsibly sourced timber, alongside efficiency measures such as smart metering, water-efficient fixtures and waste minimisation processes, these buildings minimise their impact on the environment and can operate sustainably into the future.

Green space

IQL is located right next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 560 acres of rolling green space. The park has over 6,000 trees, many of which are London Plane trees; a type of tree which is proven to absorb pollutants from our air. It also has a variety of plants which in turn bring new species of insect and bird to the park, increasing Stratford’s natural biodiversity. But above all this, the park is a place for people. There’s plenty to do, with specially curated routes and trails for runners and meanderers alike. It’s a haven in the City; a space that’s making Stratford a cleaner and more pleasant place to be.

Low carbon energy

Due to our proximity to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, our buildings are designed to benefit from the Stratford District Heating and Cooling network which comprises of two energy centres that use biomass boilers. This means that IQL and its neighbours are supplied with low-carbon, efficiently produced energy. It is currently the largest decentralised energy scheme in the UK.

Increasing biodiversity

As part of our commitment to Sustainability we’re growing London’s largest ‘Living Wall’ at IQL. This will be provide almost 2,000 sqm of natural habitat, a place where birds, bees and insects can set up a home that will nurture and nourish them, eventually increasing the local populations. We’ve also created green rooftops with bird boxes that will play home to bird species and other local wildlife. The benefit of all this? Increasing biodiversity within an urban area like Stratford helps to absorb carbon emissions which in turn cools the planet.

Sustainable transport

As part of the Olympic legacy, Stratford’s connectivity significantly improved and has continued to do so, long since the games ended. IQL is committed to green transport, with exceptional facilities available to both residents, visitors and employees. For cyclists, there are bicycle racks aplenty, as well as folding bicycle spaces, accessible Sheffield stand spaces and shower facilities within many of our office buildings. Those working and living in Stratford also have access to the Life at IQL app, which allows people to share sustainable transport opportunities with others, further reducing their personal environmental footprint.

The Pavilion

The Pavilion at IQL is a stellar example of sustainable construction. With a public amphitheatre and roof terrace, the Pavilion offers people the opportunity to work outdoors or to enjoy a moment of peace with magnificent views across London. It is also home to D&D London’s Haugen and the QEOP visitor centre. Designed by award winning architects Acme, the Pavilion’s use of cross-laminated and glue laminated timber has led to a 56% reduction in embodied carbon when compared to an efficient concrete alternative. Awards: • The Pavilion is BREEAM Outstanding, putting it into the top 1% of sustainable commercial buildings in the UK. • The building has also achieved an EPC A rating, demonstrating low energy consumption through use of the district heating and cooling network. • In October 2021, the team behind the Pavilion’s timber work were awarded two Structural Timber Awards.