Skyscanner HQ

We provided net zero carbon services for the fit-out for a new headquarters for global metasearch engine and travel agency, Skycanner. The 30,000 sq ft space provides the company’s 300+ London staff with a flexible and multi-functional office that aims to tread lightly upon the environment.

Interior of contemporary office with blue walls and green plants

Key information


MCM Architecture





Year of Completion




The brief for this ambitious project was to achieve net zero carbon in construction and in operation under the UKGBC Standard.

Split over two floors, the space combines energising areas for in-person connections to accelerate mutual learning and knowledge sharing, with quiet desk spaces and sound-proofed pods for individual working and easy video connection with Skyscanner’s other global offices and partners.

A library, indoor garden and terraces with far-reaching views over the capital provide varied environments to support colleague creativity and wellbeing, while seminar rooms, break-out areas and a research lab help foster innovation and diverse thinking. Additional areas also include a kitchen/café and games room.

Achieving net zero carbon

The design incorporates several low embodied carbon approaches including low-carbon timber floors in common spaces, timber lockers and reclaimed raised access floors.

A Whole Life Carbon assessment has been undertaken to quantify the building’s embodied carbon emissions. It calculates the as-built upfront embodied carbon emissions as 143 kgCO₂e/m² [A1-A5], which is less than the LETI modified 2025 interim design target of 190 kgCO₂e/m² [A1-A5].   

An operational energy strategy has been put in place to achieve the target of 70 kWh/m2/yr (RIBA 2025) or 45 kWh/m2/yr (RIBA 2030).

Working with the client, we will review energy use on a quarterly basis for the first year to identify loads that can be reduced through fine-tuning of controls or changing the activity of the building’s users. A plan has been put in place to optimise energy usage now the building is in use. 


under LETI target for upfront embodied carbon emissions

30,000 sq ft

office space

70 kWh/m2/yr

(RIBA 2025) operational energy strategy target