The international construction company Skanska, commissioned Frances Castle
to illustrate a brochure about their newly refurbished 1980's office building, demonstrating the latest green and sustainable features that reduce costs for energy, water and maintenance operations.
The brief was very specific and complex, Skanska listed 24 different technologies and energy saving measures they wanted Frances to illustrate - not an easy task as there were no architects plans of the construction available as reference. She was given a tour of the Skanska site in Woking, Surrey and took lots of photographs of the numerous systems including the solar photovoltaic panels, rainwater harvesting for flushing the toilets and recycling. Then it was up to her to interpret these for the illustrations including a cut-away of the building. They also required symbols to accompany the text, illustrating energy, renewable energy, water, carbon, innovation etc.