The Berkshire-based business park has achieved a 3* Fitwel certification. Scoring 130 out of a maximum of 144 points, Winnersh Triangle is now the highest scoring Fitwel certified park in the UK.
Winnersh Triangle business park has achieved a 3* Fitwel certification following its latest review, making it the UK’s highest scoring Fitwel Commercial and Industrial project.
Fitwel is the world’s leading people-centric real estate certification platform, which recognises organisations that are building healthier developments and communities. Fitwel helps to implement a vision for a healthier future where all buildings and communities are enhanced to strengthen health and wellbeing.
Winnersh Triangle business park, which is owned, developed and managed by Frasers Property UK, is a 1.5 million sq ft mixed-use business park with a wide variety of buildings, including major headquarters, Grade A offices and start-up office suites. The business park is home to a diverse portfolio of brands such as Virgin Media/O2, Tepeo, Stage 50, Becton Dickinson, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Jeremy Parsons, Sustainability Director at Frasers Property UK (FPUK) commented: “This latest certification is testament to Frasers Property UK’s ongoing commitment to creating places for good, building business parks that excel in providing numerous health and wellbeing benefits for our occupiers. We are proud that our work to engage, evolve and invest in our communities has been recognised. We remain focused on creating biodiverse green spaces which reflect people’s needs for social interaction and greater wellbeing.”
Fitwel certification is the most widely used people-focused certification for health and wellbeing excellence in the built environment. Used in over 35 countries, the scorecard assesses holistic health across a development, including: public realm access, pedestrian connectivity, proximity to open spaces, outdoor fitness areas and community destinations, health, embedding social resilience with occupant safety, and emergency preparedness paramount.
Winnersh Triangle is recognised for its 90 acres of green open spaces, healthy events programme including bootcamps, yoga, meditation and chair massage. All amenities, green space and services such as the gym, cafés and The Cabin are easily accessible. The Green, which is often used for events such as foodie days, features ample seating, is landscaped with native species, interwoven pedestrian pathways, a table tennis area and is home to bird feeders and a bug hotel. Winnersh Triangle has invested in accessibility across the site, such as safe pedestrian crossings, walking routes, and free to use Ryde bikes. Winnersh Triangle train station, adjacent to the business park, makes sustainable travel to and from the park very simple. The five on-site cafés offer and promote healthy food and refreshments for our occupiers.
Winnersh Triangle is committed to enhancing the wellbeing of occupiers across the park. Recent projects that helped to achieve this record score include installing a sustainable outdoor fitness area, with all exercise equipment crafted from wood and the creation of ten raised fruit and vegetable beds near The Green for occupier use and forms part of the site’s revised wellness campaign. Other initiatives include improving pedestrian signage to promote walkability across the site, installing green roofs to manage stormwater run-off on the site’s wellness building, The Cabin, and on bike stores in the 100 series and 200 series buildings. Another initiative was to promote reuse through keep cups and water bottles to reduce single use plastic usage alongside the introduction of water fountains around the park for occupiers to refill, when required.
Frasers Property UK is focused on ensuring sustainability and biodiversity are core pillars of its park strategies. FPUK recently achieved a GRESB 4* across its business park portfolio and Green Flag Awards at both Chineham Park and Farnborough Business Park.
Jeremy added: “We’re focused on future-proofing our business parks and building for continuous change, working in collaboration with our estate management teams, our occupiers, and the wider communities; with the collective ambition to build a healthier world. The health and wellbeing of our communities remains a fundamental part of this strategy.”
Frasers Property UK has also previously been awarded a Fitwel 3* rating at Farnborough Business Park, which was the first business park in the UK to achieve a Fitwel 3*, and Fitwel 2* ratings at Blythe Valley Park, Solihull and Chineham Park in Basingstoke.