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Unity Place Delivered with Optimized Design by WSP

Achieving Excellence in Sustainability and Well-being with Santander Bank’s Unity Place

Sustainability Challenge

Climate Action

The interior of a shopping mall with people walking around.

Story Highlights

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SDG Goal 7 affordable and clean energy.

SDG Goal 12 responsible consumption and production.

SDG Goal 13 climate action.

Utilized Software

Bentley Software


United Kingdom



Unity Place is not just the new headquarters for Satander Bank. It is also a green, efficient space, achieving excellence in environmental sustainability and delivering a positive impact on community well-being. To make the construction process sustainable as well, WSP turned to structural and geotechnical analysis. They discovered how to replace 50% of the cement in the construction material, eliminating 16,000 tons of concrete from the design, greatly reducing carbon emissions and exceeding 2030 carbon reduction targets set by the London Energy Transformation Initiative. The project sets a benchmark for sustainable design of commercial new builds, and incorporates aggressive green certifications, rooftop solar panels, and bioclimatic architecture strategies.