Astrea at the forefront of ESG and innovation in Mayfair

Astrea has implemented two new ground-breaking innovations, relating to air quality and the use of timber in construction, as it continues the re-positioning of its Central London portfolio.

Firstly, with wellbeing high on the list of occupier priorities, Astrea has partnered with Zoonex Systems to create a unique anti-microbial unit for its ventilation systems, dramatically improving the air quality in its large multi-let buildings.

The units, created and developed by Zoonex Systems, destroy and prevent the re-growth of micro-organisms in air ventilation systems and effectively transform the entire system into a viral defence mechanism for the building.

The new system is proven to be effective against a wide range of bacteria and enveloped viruses, as well as being compliant with the most robust ventilation hygiene testing standards. As a result, the system provides antimicrobial protection for up to 30 days at a time and reduces the chance of viral transmissions, such as the various Covid and flu strains in current circulation.

At the same time, Astrea’s cleaning teams have moved to using Zoono cleaning products which also provide a protective shield on surfaces throughout the buildings, killing 99% of bacteria and enveloped viruses for up to 30 days, providing the best possible protection for its occupiers.

Stephanie Handley, Head of ESG at Astrea, said: “We are proud to be at the forefront of finding unique environmental solutions which promote greater wellbeing and reduce our reliance on chemical products. Together with Zoonex Systems and Zoono, we are putting the wellbeing of our occupiers at the top of our priorities”.

Tim Jonck of Zoonex Systems, said: “Zoonex Systems are delighted to be partnering with Astrea in the delivery of new and innovative methods of providing better air quality to their buildings. It is refreshing to work with such a forward-thinking and progressive asset management team who strive to deliver the highest quality and sustainable environments for their occupiers.” 

Astrea is also undertaking various refurbishments and re-developments across its portfolio.

Work has recently started on the construction of its 38 Berkeley Square scheme, which will boast a hybrid steel and exposed CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber) frame, making it the first tall exposed-timber project in London to achieve Sweco Building Control Approval and Fire Authority agreement since regulatory changes were made at the beginning of 2020.

Designed by Piercy & Co, the new scheme will offer 83,000 sqft of high-spec office space over nine stories and 7,500 sqft of landscaped terrace gardens.

The adoption of a CLT frame on a large structural grid not only achieves a unique feature soffit and low carbon floor construction, but also floor-to-ceiling heights that exceed BCO guidelines, resulting in truly best-in-class office space.

The building is also targeting the highest sustainability standards of BREEAM Outstanding, WELL Platinum and LEED Gold, and is set to achieve WiredScore Platinum.

Peter Pulford, Head of Development at Astrea, said “We worked extensively with the project insurers and the London Fire Brigade to obtain authorisation for our use of CLT in this scheme. We have a very strong project team on board and we look forward to continuing to innovate with them to create a new building of the highest quality design and safety standards.”

Astrea is a London-based asset and development manager.