The prominent red-bricked building situated at the entrance of Stevenage’s leisure park will be fully transformed top to bottom over the course of 2021.
The project started whilst employees are working from home during the pandemic, providing an opportunity to complete the work in a safe and efficient way, as well as speeding up the project timescale.
The refurbishment comes as the IET looks to invest in the future and its commitment as a responsible, local employer.
The new-look building will feature innovative and technologically smart workspaces with accessibility, sustainability and employee well-being as a key focus for the plans.
Richard Mundy, Head of Facilities at the IET, said: “The environment in which our colleagues work is really important to us as it underpins everyone’s wellbeing and the inclusive, progressive culture we have.
It is our commitment to provide working space that brings out the very best in everyone and the work that they do.
“We wanted to design a building with the future in mind – one that gives our employees an intuitive, modern and fully accessible space in which they can thrive as well as playing our part to reduce our impact on the environment by ensuring our new building is built and run in a sustainable way.”
The IET, in its commitment to sustainability, has joined the Investors in the Environment (iiE) environmental accreditation scheme.
During the decant, zero waste went to landfill, with items such as office furniture and building materials being sorted and recycled.
The refurbishment is also looking to achieve BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) certification to ensure construction is carried out sustainably.
The building works will continue for the majority of 2021 and further updates on the renovations can be followed on the IET’s social media accounts @theiet on Twitter and Instagram, and The Institution of Engineering and Technology on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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