The furniture is being made by Vitra, based in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Network Rail’s new offices are in Milton Keynes, England.
For the lion’s share of the journey – from Basel, Switzerland, to Birmingham, England – freight company DB Schenker Rail will transport the furniture in rail cars stretching more than half a kilometer, Network Rail says.
Network Rail says the journey will eliminate around 62,000 miles of trucking and cut CO2 emissions by more than 90 percent compared to a road shipment.
When built, the office building itself, The Quadrant:MK (pictured), will boast eco-friendly features such as living roofs and rainwater harvesting, Network Rail says.
In September, the U.K.’s rail industry set out plans to cut carbon emissions per passenger kilometer by a quarter by 2019.
In the Initial Industry Plan, a consortium of rail bodies including Network Rail set out a vision for how to deliver better value for money and drive sustainable economic growth over 2014-19.