The acquisition of new business premises, with associated facilities for its members, heralds a new era for CIWEM.

Existing houses and non-domestic buildings are responsible for over 40 percent of the UK’s total carbon emissions. In CIWEM’s recently published Manifesto, the Institution called for the development of clear codes of practice for construction and retrofit of new and existing non-domestic buildings and homes, with a phased tightening of standards to improve their environmental performance.

Now CIWEM is leading by example. The Institution’s new head office at Saffron Hill, London will be refurbished to BREEAM standards with the aim of making it an exemplar eco-build project. Emphasis will be placed upon the quality of design and construction. The premises has excellent transport links, located in an area of active regeneration that is part of the London Crossrail development, and is due for completion towards the end of 2011. Saffron Hill will provide conference and meeting facilities, exhibition space and will build on CIWEM’s reputation as a progressive and forward looking Institution.

CIWEM’s Executive Director, Nick Reeves, says: “CIWEM’s investment in contemporary business premises is an exciting development in the history of the Institution. The premises will be refurbished to meet the highest possible of environmental standards that reflects the ethos of the Institution and our membership. Saffron Hill will provide excellent facilities for staff and members and heralds a new era for CIWEM.”

Water & Environment 2010: CIWEM’s Annual Conference will be held on 28th – 29th April at the Olympia Conference Centre, London.