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October 8, 2021

AAT to move office to help meet net zero target

By Joe Pickard

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has announced its headquarters will be moving to Canary Wharf in spring 2022, relocating from 140 Aldersgate Street in central London.

AAT will occupy the 10th floor of 30 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, a serviced office space provided by WeWork. The building has an ‘Excellent’ rating under the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method, ranking it in the top 10% of new non-domestic buildings in the UK on measures including energy, waste, health and wellbeing, pollution, materials and land use.

Additionally, AAT will adopt a new hybrid model of working in a major shift of emphasis to accelerate progress towards net zero by 2030. Regular staff surveys have shown this was the clear preference for the majority of AAT employees. Combined with the office move, this approach will cut AAT’s current footprint from 25,000 sq ft of space to just under 11,000 sq ft.

AAT director of HR Olivia Hill said: “Sustainability will be higher up our agenda in terms of what we promote when we’re looking to recruit new staff. It’s becoming more and more important, certainly to the younger generation, but to most generations now. The office move and shift to hybrid working comes following a new cultural change programme at AAT, which was designed to increase our agility and effectiveness in a more volatile world.”

The announcement of the move follows a commitment made by 13 professional accountancy bodies, including AAT, to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

AAT HSE and facilities manager Mark McGrath said: “Everything in our new building from the water to electricity will be carefully managed to monitor usage, even down to the rubbish being composted. The furniture has been sustainably sourced too. Thought is going into every aspect. The building is also accredited with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which means that we are supplied with sustainable finishes within our floor space. WeWork uses a variety of ethical supply chains, Renewable Green Electricity is sourced and a smart BMS (Building Management System) to supply efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning for the building.”

 


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