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Solar Revolution in Cheltenham Offices

​26th July 2013 - St James House, one of Cheltenham’s most striking contemporary office buildings, is the latest in the town to be powered by solar energy.

Built in the 1980s, St James House has recently undergone a substantial refurbishment of the reception and vacant fourth floor, including provision of a new air conditioning system and the installation of 96 photovoltaic panels on the roof, able to generate a total of 16,533KW per year.  The refurbishment helps put the building in the premier league of sustainable commercial buildings in Cheltenham.

Solar Standard Life Investments acquired St James House in April 2012 and made the improvements following advice from managing agent, Jones Lang LaSalle.  Cheltenham Borough Council granted planning permission for the installation in December 2012 and work was recently completed by M&E consultants, AECOM.

The building’s current tenants - BPE Solicitors, Tangible, Barnett Waddingham, Brewin Dolphin, Gloucestershire Media, Liberty Mutual and The Government Office for Nuclear Regulation – have welcomed the move to ‘green’ the building, as it enables them to better meet their respective sustainability objectives. 

Jason Baggaley of Standard Life Investments said: “We are committed to improving the energy efficiency of all our assets in our portfolio where we can.  The enhancements we have made to St James House will improve the efficiency of the building for existing occupiers and make the vacant fourth floor, currently being marketed by John Ryde Commercial, even more attractive to potential new tenants.”