The Rivergreen Centre

Durham 2006

The building’s unique design – from its rainwater-catching sedum roof to its cruciform shape to maximise daylight and natural ventilation – minimises environmental impact while providing high-quality, multi-functional office spaces, and a dramatic outline. Equally important in the design process was the working environment which is attractive, light and relaxed.


Located on a previously greenfield site on the Aykley Heads estate north of Durham city centre, the Rivergreen Centre is widely considered to be one of the best examples of a large-scale green office building in the UK.

Key Features

  • Low environmental impact approach to design, construction and operation
  • HQ of Atom bank, a digital challenger bank
  • BREEAM 'excellent' rating
  • Highly flexible and adaptable
  • Social spaces including cafe, break-out areas and recreation rooms