Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Consultancy, Testing, Training
  • Year established:
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  • Contact
    • BRE, Bucknalls Lane, Garston, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD25 9XX

About Building Research Establishment Limited

What is it like to work for Building Research Establishment Limited


The leader of BRE his highly visible, he takes time to get to know his employees. His messages are consistent on the strategy and direction for the organisation and he builds upon their successes. The Senior Management team have brought together the different parts of the business and the directors and their staff now work across business areas.

Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
The BRE Schools Programmes were set up to inform school groups of all ages of the importance of sustainability and fire science, and the actions they can take to reduce the impacts of climate change and improve fire safety. They support the National Curriculum and the Government supported Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network (STEMNET). They aim to inspire children by demonstrating, at first hand, the very latest use of building materials, energy reduction and fire safety technologies in BRE’s Innovation Park, labs and testing facilities. The students are encouraged to explore the buildings and take part in controlled experiments. The programmes explain how students can live more sustainably, help to combat climate change and improve fire safety through simple actions in their own schools and homes. BRE's staff volunteers have been specially trained as School Ambassadors and the programmes attract schools – both locally in Hertfordshire and throughout the country. Volunteering BRE teamed up with local charity ASCEND who help to make a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable individuals in S.W.Hertfordshire who are experiencing social and educational exclusion. Outdoor activities hosted on an allotment site, such as bush crafts, garden construction, organic cultivation are used to educate, motivate and encourage individuals. BRE volunteers visit once a month to help in the expansion of the site. They share their knowledge and skills in sustainable design, infrastructure engineering and community development e.g. the BRE team dug and laid a new mains water pipe on the site ready for mains connection.

My Company
My Company
The BRE Group's mission is to build a better world. The Staff Champions share this vision with the additional emphasis on building a better workplace. At BRE, they realise that one of their most important assets is their staff. BRE's Staff Champions represent all part of the BRE Group and are dedicated to identifying all types of continuous improvement to make BRE an enjoyable, effective and fulfilling place to work. Monthly meetings provide a platform for colleagues' suggestions and feedback so that they can help monitor staff engagement and general satisfaction.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Shares

    Companies where employees are offered share options

  • Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    40% of employees with more than 5 years' service

  • Maternity

    At least 10 weeks' leave on full pay

  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

    Full family cover

Company Statistics

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  • Earning £35,000+:


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  • Male : Female:

    60% / 40%

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