FORE Partnership, the purpose-driven real estate investment firm, has announced that its ‘Cadworks’ development in Glasgow City Centre, has been named Scotland’s highest-scoring ‘ActiveScore’ building for its commitment to cycling and other forms of active travel.
Having been presented with the highest Platinum award, Cadworks achieved a score of 94 out of 100, ranking it as the country’s top space for encouraging active travel.
ActiveScore certifies buildings that support and inspire active commuting, whether by foot, scooter, or bicycle. Assessing buildings on elements such as their cycle parking, lighting, bike and scooter hire schemes, and changing facilities, a Platinum award represents an exceptional commitment to excellence.
With its distinctive cycle-in-cycle-out ramp visible from reception, parking for 119bicycles, and state-of-the-art changing facilities and stretching area, Cadworks – which is net zero carbon in operation – has every detail catered for in order to remove barriers to commuting in a more healthy manner. Developer FORE Partnership has invested more than £30 million to set a new standard in Scotland for buildings that reduce city centre traffic and air pollution.
As well as being designed to inspire active travel, 75% of suppliers during the build came from the local area. Things such as glass, steel, wood, and concrete are made from recycled materials and all electricity, tracked via smart meters, comes from renewable sources. FORE has been awarded ‘B Corp’ status for its commitment to building an inclusive and sustainable community.
Basil Demeroutis, Managing Partner of FORE, said: “As cities around the world become increasingly congested and air pollution continues to decline causing a major impact on health, the property sector must push harder to create infrastructure that encourages people to leave their cars and travel by foot, bike, or public transport.
“We do this by designing buildings that make active travel fun and easy, and that make people’s journeys seamless. Top-class changing and storage space as well as initiatives and schemes to support our community as they commute in a planet-friendly way, are essential.
“It’s clear that change must happen, and fast, and this certification recognises the efforts we have made to setting new standards so that we can inspire others in the sector to follow suit.”
James Nash, Co-Founder, ActiveScore, said: “It has been a pleasure working with a forward-thinking developer like FORE Partnership to help deliver the highest ActiveScore rated building in Scotland! Cadworks’ country-leading Platinum rating represents the uncompromising commitment to Active Travel that will undoubtedly thrive within the building. It was apparent the active commuter’s experience, and the building’s sustainability credentials were always at the forefront of the development. Congratulations to all involved in delivering this best-in-class building.”
Cadworks completed in November 2021, with flagship tenants including TLT and OVO now taking space at the 94,000 square foot building.