Interaction powers ahead with new Good Energy head office design

April 26, 2019

Renewable power firm Good Energy has commissioned Bath-based office design and build experts Interaction to work on its new headquarters.

Fast-growing Good Energy is to start construction work later this year on the 31,748 sq ft building in Chippenham, which will house its 300-plus workforce and have space for an additional 100 staff it plans to recruit over the next few years. 

Preliminary digging will start on the 1.77-acre site next to Chippenham railway station next month. The building was given the green light by Wiltshire Council planners last month.

Interaction, which has designed innovative workspaces for major firms since it was founded in 1992 by structural engineer Paul Haskins, has been commissioned by Good Energy to design the interior spaces where employees will work every day.

Good Energy director of people & culture Fran Woodward said: “We are delighted to receive the council’s backing to build our new headquarters. The decision secures our long-term future in Chippenham, our home for the past 20 years.

“Our partnership with local companies, such as Interaction, will mean the project can now come to life over the coming months.”

Interaction managing director Dieter Wood added: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Good Energy to design and deliver a workspace that will truly reflect the culture and aspirations of such an innovative company.

“The design is well underway, and consultation with employees across the company has helped to shape the concepts so far – with emphasis on an agile, healthy, and sustainable provision that will benefit employee, customer and contractors alike.” 

Good Energy, which has been based in Chippenham for the past 20 years, said sustainability would be at the heart of the new headquarters with solar panels and battery storage as well as 40 electric car charging points. 

The firm said its current operations with employees based on two sites at nearby Monkton Park was not good for the workplace environment and was stifling growth.

Good Energy, which was founded in 1999 by Juliet Davenport OBE, owns six solar sites and two wind farms – in Cornwall and Yorkshire – with a total of 47.5MW of installed capacity.


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