Flourish Homes moves to Wells
By FlourishHomes | Thursday, April 14, 2011, 09:46
Local housing association Flourish Homes, part of Aster Group, has moved into a new purpose built office in Wells which has a host of eco-friendly features.
The housing provider, which has more than 4,000 homes across the Mendip and central Somerset area, opened the doors to Flourish House on Monday April 11. It moved from Shepton Mallet where it has rented offices at Kilver Court for nearly 10 years.
The 18,000sq ft new building, on the Cathedral Park development just off the Strawberry Way roundabout, has lots of built in environmentally friendly features. These include a ground source heating system which harnesses the earth’s warmth to heat the building. The building is also super insulated. Rainwater will be harvested for use in the loos and there are solar panels to heat hot water. The front and back is a wall of glass to allow plenty of daylight in, cutting down on the need for artificial lighting. It also has a natural ventilation system which means there’s no air conditioning, a big energy consumer in modern offices.
“It’s really exciting that we’re finally moving into our new office space. It has taken us some time to get here but the wait has been worth it,” said the new Regional Director Sarah Johnston, who joined Flourish in March just before the move.
“We’ve worked hard to make the new office as environmentally friendly as possible which should help to reduce running costs and make it a really pleasant and productive space for staff to work. More importantly the building is fully accessible with lots of different meeting rooms on the ground floor, making it easier for us to hold tenant events. There is also a tenant resource room complete with a computer which tenants have helped us to design for their use.
“While we’ve enjoyed our time in Shepton Mallet, staff are looking forward to seeing what Wells has to offer, and being in an environment where they can work in a more joined up way.”
Around 100 of the housing association’s staff have moved from its Shepton Mallet base into the new building. The remainder of its staff work out in the community providing care and support services.
Manchester-based property developer and investor Nikal Ltd is developing the Cathedral Park site where the new office, designed by Bath architects Stubbs Rich, has been built.
Flourish Homes owns and manages properties in Wells, Frome, Shepton Mallet, Glastonbury and Street and surrounding villages so a move to Cathedral Park creates a more central and accessible location for residents. The office is near to a bus stop and is fully accessible for people with disabilities.