Veolia’s plans for Staffordshire regional office get the green light!

The UK’s leading recycling and waste management company has chosen development partner, Opus Land Ltd to build its environmentally friendly, modern, comfortable, efficient office at the Kingswood Lakeside site in Cannock, Staffordshire.

Staff from the company’s offices at Wolverhampton and Brownhills, Walsall will relocate to the new office helping to improve working conditions and cross functional working across all departments.

The new office will include environmental technologies including; roof mounted solar panels which will provide the domestic hot water, a rainwater collection system which will be used to flush toilets and light sensors which will ensure the lights are only activated when the office is occupied. Accordingly, Veolia expects that the building will achieve a BREEAM excellent rating.

The Kingswood Lakeside site which is part owned by Staffordshire County Council and Advantage West Midlands, was chosen as the preferred location for the new office primarily due to its ease of commute for the majority of staff.

Tom Spaul, Chief Operating Officer for Veolia Environmental Services (UK) said: “We are delighted that our plans to make a long term commitment to the Staffordshire economy have been given the go ahead by the Council. We have been consulting with our staff and they are really looking forward to moving to the new environmentally friendly office.”

Mike Lawrence, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Enterprise said it was fantastic news for Staffordshire, he added: “Our Kingswood Lakeside Business Park is just one example of a range of enterprise platforms developed by Staffordshire County Council to provide a launch pad for the very best in the business. Veolia are right at the cutting edge in modelling low carbon and high performance business for the future. Staffordshire is where the future is happening now.”

Gareth Williams, Opus Development Director said: “We are delighted to have progressed this exciting project through the planning process with the cooperation of all concerned and are looking forward to starting on site shortly.”

Veolia plans to move staff to the new 40,000sq ft (net internal) office, which can accommodate in excess of 400 employees in Summer 2011.