Henderson Park and Hines have announced the start of construction of their unique T3 Diagonal Mar building, located in 22@ North in Barcelona. Measuring 3,610m², it is an office building made entirely of wood, with ambitious ESG credentials and fitted out with the latest technology. T3 Diagonal Mar is the first fully wooden building of its kind to be constructed by Henderson Park and Hines in Europe and is part of Hines’ innovative “T3” family of buildings, a new generation of offices built on three pillars: the warmth and sustainability of timber, superior transit connectivity and cutting-edge technology. Work on the project began at the end of May and is seeking scheduled completion in 2022.
Designed to meet the highest standard of sustainability and technology, T3 Diagonal Mar is constructed from 100% timber with floorplates of 600m² and will include a terraced roof and private gardens, further enhancing its ESG and wellbeing credentials. The advantage of using wood during construction is there is no embodied carbon and it is faster to build, creating less pollution, no waste, and less interference with local communities. Upon completion, T3 Diagonal Mar will have a solid wood Class AA structure, creating a smart, sustainable and healthy place that aspires to obtain the LEED Gold, WELL and WiredScore distinctions. The completed office, with its avant-garde design, will meet the health and wellness needs of employees in a post-COVID world, complemented by advanced technology, unparalleled amenities and sustainability at its core to deliver state-of-the-art space that meets the demands of modern occupiers. Batlle i Roig is the architectural firm in charge of project design and supervision.
Peter Epping, Global Head of ESG, at Hines, commented: “This is a hugely exciting project in one of Europe’s major cities which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to our ESG best practices at Hines. The launch of one of Europe’s first wooden office buildings is an encouraging step as we look to reduce both embodied carbon and carbon emissions for every asset we own, manage or develop. Aside from reducing embodied carbon, wooden buildings have further advantages over traditional builds and we are actively seeking to roll out this type of product across Europe in the coming years as we look to protect our planet and build sustainable communities.”
Vanessa Gelado, Senior Managing Director and Country Head of Hines in Spain, said: “The city of Barcelona stands out for combining professional and educational opportunities with an extremely high quality of life. A fact that has captivated the most innovative companies in the world to secure office space here to enhance their corporate culture. T3 Diagonal Mar, with its exceptional design and ESG credentials, will enable us to offer the best building in its class to meet the future needs of occupiers, and in doing so, help them attract and retain the best talent in the market.”
Gijs Molenaar, Managing Director at Henderson Park, said: “Given the office sector’s rapid evolution over the last year and a half, it is now more important than ever that modern workplaces meet the increasing demands of occupiers for buildings that deliver high quality, technology-driven interior space inside buildings with best-in-class ESG credentials. T3 Diagonal Mar encapsulates this shift, with a unique design that promotes wellbeing, as evidenced by WELL certification, as well as environmental responsibility, through opting for cross-laminated timber as material for the mainframe, which targets much better CO2 credentials in the construction of this LEED Gold building. This aligns perfectly with the wider 22@ district, which is quickly becoming one of the most exciting innovation hubs in Europe.”