Ottawa based construction firm Pomerleau Inc. has been awarded the contract to begin work on the new British High Commission Building in Ottawa. The new building is set to be the greenest in the UK diplomatic network, according to the UK High Commissioner to Canada.
The new building design will reach environmental gold standards – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – including locally sourced recycled construction material, solar heating and a 40 per cent reduction in water consumption. It will be built within the Earnscliffe National Historic Site, the current residence of the High Commissioner, and will replace the existing building at 80 Elgin Street.
“We are proud and excited that our new High Commission will be the greenest building in the UK
diplomatic network, setting gold standards across the world,” said Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque, UK High Commissioner to Canada. “It will also be cheaper and more efficient to run and maintain in the long term and we look forward to welcoming our Canadian friends when we reopen.”
The new design will incorporate state of the art environmentally friendly features including passive solar designs to control heat gain while maximizing occupant views and access to daylight vehicle charging stations, and environmentally friendly construction process that would see 75 per cent of total construction
waste diverted from landfill and sent to recycling facilities to be reused/repurposed.
The location of the new British High Commission at the Earnscliffe National Historic Site will be
designed to aesthetically complement the current residence. It is also a testament to the forward looking and modern relationship between Canada and the UK.