Great Glen House


Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) required a BREEAM ‘excellent’ HQ building incorporating open plan offices, meeting rooms, a publicly accessible boardroom and library together with staff facilities; including staff room, gym, changing rooms and workshops.


Analysing the ethos of SNH informed an approach to minimise the environmental impact of the building which created a facility that maximised opportunities for passive design, daylighting and natural ventilation and utilised locally sourced materials. The design located a linear atrium at the heart of the building with offices, library, meeting rooms and boardroom arranged around it to maximise visual connectivity. It also serves as the primary entrance and the driver of the natural ventilation strategy. The orientation of the three storey open plan offices to address the views across to the Moray Firth, created a visual marker within the landscape. The building achieved the highest BREEAM rating for an office building at the time of completion.


"Great Glen House is an outstanding building that meets the highest environmental standards. I am impressed by the environmental credentials of Great Glen House. It sets new standards for buildings across the UK, at a time when we face the growing threat of climate change" - Jack McConnell, First Minister for Scotland (3 October 2006)

Client Scottish Natural Heritage
Contact  Len Warmer
Dates  Complete 2006
Value  £12.5m
Floor Area  6,500 sqM
Services  Architecture
Awards  BCO Commendation – Scottish Region, Building Research Establishment - Office Building of the year - UK award, Building Magazine’s Sustainable Building of the Year, Green Apple Sustainability Award, Scottish Property Awards - Green Building of the Year, Architects Journal - AJ100 Award for Sustainability, Building/Building Design Sustainable Building of the Year – winner, Civic Trust Awards - Sustainability Award