This unusually shaped building is located outside Port Louis. The 10-storey 10,000m² building comprises open plan offices, auditoria, a canteen and ancillary spaces.
The building was the first in the Southern Hemisphere to achieve a BREEAM rating, through attention to orientation, shading, renewable energy and rainwater re-use. The carefully chosen building orientation ensures that the façades face due north and south with generous overhangs which virtually eliminate all direct solar gains.
Energy consumption is minimised by making use of free cooling where possible and a 980m² photovoltaic farm will further provide renewable energy. Rainwater is harvested and stored in below-ground concrete tanks and fresh air is provided using a floor displacement ventilation system. Construction is underway and final completion is due for the end of the year.
Arup acted as the project manager and multidisciplinary engineering consultant providing civil, structural, façade, mechanical, electrical, public health, IT, acoustics, audiovisual and fire engineering services from our Mauritius, Botswana, South Africa and UK offices.