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Fujifilm House Encompasses Sustainable Solutions – New UK Headquarters in Bedford has over 30,000 sq. ft. Space

02 January 2023: In October 2022, Fujifilm officially opened ‘Fujifilm House’, its new UK headquarters in Bedford, which boasts more than 30,000 square feet of attractive working space, built with sustainability in mind. It is a short distance from its previous site, where business operations had been located since 1983. Sustainability considerations were integral to the new building’s design and the new site’s excellent BREEAM environmental rating underlines this point.

In designing the new building, Fujifilm worked with Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, one of its corporate charity partners, to keep the environment around its UK HQ site as habitable as possible for plants, wildlife and animals.

For example, the Trust advised on biodiverse landscaping, implementing flowers and plants to maintain habitats for creatures that live on-site, as well as encouraging more wildlife to the surroundings. Additionally, by installing permeable slabs in the Fujifilm House car park, Fujifilm is able to nurture worms residing in the ground, prevent flooding and help maintain the water table.

Catering further to the wildlife, Fujifilm is in the process of adding bird feeders and bat boxes around the outside of the site, as well as installing bee hotels around the car park, which will provide a nesting space and shelter to bees and mini beasts.

The site’s 80 rooftop solar panels are able to generate up to 63,000 kW of electricity each year, saving an impressive 29 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. On a sunny day, they collectively generate enough electricity to sustain the whole building without needing to draw energy from the grid.

Meanwhile, the site’s interior is fitted out with intelligent LED lights, which are triggered by motion sensors, turning on when they detect movement and remaining off when rooms are empty. The temperature in the main areas of the building – all inside areas except offices and meeting rooms – is maintained with a centrally controlled comfort cooling system, which is turned off overnight.

Andy Kent, Divisional Manager at Fujifilm Graphic Communications UK, commented, “It’s important for us all – at an individual and corporate level – to take steps to protect the planet. Our new UK headquarters further demonstrates Fujifilm’s commitment to sustainability across our business, and we look forward to developing our approach and innovating for a sustainable future from Fujifilm House.”

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