Bright green: SMART and sustainable buildings

Thu, Apr 7, 2022

In a city that is steeped in innovation, advancement and academia, it is no wonder that Cambridge is at the forefront of optimising technology and countering climate change. 

Its connectivity, attractiveness, and track record attract some of the best talent in the world which has, in turn, led to record levels of investment, continued growth and profitability.

A recent step change in business focus to ensure ‘environmental profit’ is no less important than financial profit, is a welcome and necessary movement to ensure Cambridge’s growth is sustainable, while still meeting the high standards of collaboration, progress, and business space expected in one of the world’s greatest clusters.

ESG assumptions are an increasingly important rationale for business decisions. There is now much more emphasis among businesses on creating and implementing strategies that benefit the environment, their staff and the wider community.

Today’s greatest technological minds are not only developing solutions to slow the pace of climate change; they are demanding a workplace which also contributes to the same cause. And the latter is a fast-growing requisite for any tech company when it comes to their office space.

Grade A staff are demanding Grade A workplaces, and if Cambridge is to continue to attract and retain best-in-class people, it needs best-in-class buildings to allow them to thrive.

The Dirac Building at St John’s Innovation Park has been designed with ‘intelligent building’ and ‘smart office’ best practice principles in mind; utilising technology and process to create a safer and more productive environment for occupiers, in addition to greater operational efficiency.

Smart buildings use IoT to share information, control operations, and enhance human interaction, making it easy to conserve and control energy consumption, which means fewer emissions are being produced.

Being mindful of the environmental impact of both the construction and onward management of the Dirac Building is a priority for the owners and developers; St John’s College and Turnstone Estates, as is the health and wellbeing of those who will be based there. New green spaces will be cultivated and nourished which can contribute to reducing the ambient temperature of cities by 1°C, thus reducing the urban heat island and harmful city smog.

In addition, the new transport hub will incorporate a green roof. Green roofs act as sinks for CO2, the gas responsible for climate change. For each 100 square metres of green roof, the gas responsible for the greenhouse effect is reduced by 1.8 tonnes per year, which the equivalent to removing the pollution emitted by 15 cars in a year.

St John’s Innovation Park is located north-east of Cambridge city centre, close to the A14 dual carriageway, with excellent road communications via the A14, M11 and A1, making it particularly accessible from the new housing growth areas of Waterbeach and Northstowe. The Cambridgeshire guided busway and Cambridge North Train Station are a short walk away and the Park runs a shuttle bus service to and from Cambridge North Train Station.

To find out more about St John’s Innovation Park, please visit:

For further information about the Dirac Building and availability please contact William Clarke at Savills.

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Park Management

Carl Williams
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Innovation Centre

Miranda Edwards
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William Clarke
T: +44 (0)1223 347 294

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