Glentress Forest Eco-office Has Green 'Ap-peel'

9 November 2011

Businesses seeking to lead the way in energy efficiency now have the chance to relocate to the first floor of an A-grade eco-office in a top visitor attraction in the Scottish Borders.

Peel Tower at Glentress Forest, near Peebles, is a purpose-built eco-building that could help prospective tenants save money and meet environmental targets, thanks to its exceptional A-grade energy efficiency rating.

With the ground floor already home to owner occupier The Forestry Commission Scotland, the first floor, comprising 1,236 sq ft, is now available to let to a single occupier.

Fully fitted out with a modern kitchen and secure keypad entry system, the green building was designed by Gaia Architects and offers top of the range facilities including automatic motion sensor lighting, under-floor heating via a wood chip boiler and external solar gain blinds to common windows.

Its solid Scottish oak timber finish, sourced from Douglas Firs in the nearby Glentress Forest, adds to the building’s sustainability credentials. And it boasts five dedicated parking spaces in the surrounding car park, which can accommodate up to 100 cars.

Located within The Forestry Commission’s Glentress Peel site, which forms part of the £8.5million forest visitor centre, Peel Tower overlooks the gateway park to the Tweed Valley Forest Park and Glentress Forest - the top visitor attraction in the Scottish Borders.

Prospective tenants will have direct access to thousands of potential customers – as the area welcomes more than 300,000 visitors a year with the Forest’s reputation as one of the most popular walking and mountain biking sites in the country.

And with access to Edinburgh and Glasgow city centres within 60 and 90 minutes respectively, Peel Tower is an attractive proposition for occupiers looking beyond the traditional office centres in Scotland.

Ian Forbes of marketing agent CKD Galbraith said: “This is a unique, win-win opportunity for forward-thinking businesses. By re-locating to Peel Tower, they can improve the wellbeing of their staff, save money on utility bills and benefit from the kind of specification usually only seen in major office locations.

“The environmental credentials of the building are second to none, making it appeal to occupiers looking to meet their energy targets and to those wanting to achieve real cost savings through the building’s efficient performance, which will be welcomed especially in the current economic climate.”  

For further information on the property or to arrange a viewing please contact Ian Forbes or Sebastian Findlay on 01896 754 842.

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