A transformational, mixed-use development proposed in Swansea City has been granted outline planning permission.  The development consists of the demolition of the existing structures and redevelopment of the site to provide retail, commercial, office and leisure use as well as a hotel and residential dwellings. Extensive areas of public realm and landscaping are also included in the proposals. Greengage were commissioned by the Council of the City and … more

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Greengage are very pleased to support Maggie’s. Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks. Greengage are working on the 100 Liverpool Street site for British Land providing sustainability advice and coordination, as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation design direction.  

The growing health and wellbeing agenda, has encouraged an increase in certification to the WELL standard as a way of designing offices to be more ‘healthy’ environments in the UK. This has a range of business benefits from reduced ‘sick leave’ to increased productivity and so has real business value. WELL currently applies only to commercial office buildings, however pilot programs are being undertaken with associated scheme addendums … more

A mixed-use redevelopment is set to transform Swansea city centre to include significant retail provision and also a cinema, hotel, arena, student accommodation and new University facilities. A site of this complexity brings with it significant challenges in delivering a sustainable scheme that is not only environmentally sensitive but also that maximises opportunities to benefit the local and wider community. Greengage are working with Rivington Land to develop … more

Can this bottle be recycled? Do I leave the lid on? Must it be squashed? And what about the label? All common questions environmentally conscious householders face regularly and sadly, it seems, when the answer is ‘I don’t know’, the bottle is often just discarded with the remainder of the household refuse or alternatively put in the recycling anyway, leading to contamination. In an attempt to reduce this … more

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A ‘green lease’ is a lease that includes provisions for specific responsibilities of the landlord and tenant regarding the sustainable operation of the property. These commonly relate to issues such as materials specification or energy and water efficiency but can consider the maintenance and operation of the building. Previous versions of BREEAM (2008 and 2011) required elements of fit out to be included within a Green Lease or … more

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Greengage have worked with Alder King Planning Consultants, on behalf of Crown Student Living. And have secured full planning consent for the redevelopment of the former post office site at 8 Surrey Street in Portsmouth city centre as student accommodation.    Number One Portsmouth The 576 bed scheme, known as Number One Portsmouth. Will provide a mixture of high quality bespoke studios and twodios with 350 sqm of associated communal facilities. … more

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The hub by Premier Inn in Covent Garden has been shortlisted for the Building Awards 2016 Sustainable Project of the Year Award. We are very proud to have been the sustainability consultants on this project! Greengage acted as the Sustainability Consultants and BREEAM assessors from pre-planning through to post construction (2012- 2015) , supporting the design team in creating a hotel with innovation, sustainability and user-friendliness in mind.  More … more

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 The first half of 2016 has been particularly gratifying for the Greengage team as four projects are on track to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating. The ‘Outstanding’ rating represents the highest achievable certification within the BREEAM assessment, with projects achieving a minimum score of 85% and a number of prerequisites. Depending on which BREEAM scheme is applied, these prerequisites can differ, however, broadly they usually represent credits in … more

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Whitbread along with Greengage has won the Business in the Community, Asda Environmental Leadership Award for the Hub, Premier Inn. Greengage acted as the Sustainability Consultants and BREEAM assessors on the Premier Inn hub hotel in London’s Covent Garden from pre-planning through to post construction (2012- 2015) , supporting the design team in creating a hotel with innovation, sustainability and user-friendliness in mind. It opened in November 2014 and became … more

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Greengage, along with McAleer & Rushe, have been nominated for an International Green Apple Award for the Built Environment & Architectural Heritage 2016, for The Hub Hotel, St Martin’s Lane. The Green Apple Environment Awards were established in 1994 as an annual campaign to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world. The award will be Gold, Silver or Bronze and a ceremony on 8 August … more

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As the second anniversary of the BREEAM 2014 methodology approaches, we look at the alterations from the 2008 methodology, and what the feedback has been to these changes. The new methodology has put a greater emphasis on stakeholder engagement and consultation; many of which have materialised as mandatory meetings. The BRE have structured these credits like this because many of them address more innovative concepts. The integration of … more

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Sadiq Khan was elected as the new Mayor of London last week. Mr. Khan’s manifesto has claimed he will be “the greenest mayor ever”, which is ironically reminiscent of Mr. Cameron’s speech to the Department of Energy and Climate Change in 2010 when he promised to bring the “greenest government ever”. Nevertheless, such prejudice would be disingenuous to Mr. Khan, even if public confidence towards political manifestos remains … more

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Thursday, 5 May 2016, marks the end of Boris Johnson’s tenure as the Mayor of London. The key candidates in line to be his successor are: Zac Goldsmith, of the Conservative Party; Caroline Pidgeon, of the Liberal Democrats; Sian Berry, of the Green Party and Sadiq Khan, of Labour. In this piece we explore what their sustainability and environmental commitments will mean for the future of London. There … more

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Greengage has been appointed as one of five ‘best in class’ sustainability experts who will be giving strategic support to Aberdeen Asset Management on a new Sustainable Development Framework. The new framework will ensure that all aspects of sustainability are proactively considered for all of Aberdeen’s major refurbishments and new development projects in the UK. This includes energy efficiency post occupancy evaluation, health and wellbeing of occupiers, local … more

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Sophie Street approached Whitbread plc and Greengage when researching the hub, St Martins Lane, as part of the Construction and Sustainability module, for her MSc in Real Estate, at Oxford Brookes University. Sophie was tasked with compiling a case study on a “green” building, and chose the hub in Covent Garden due to its BREEAM rating amongst many other things. Sophie interviewed Geoff Cook (Senior Project and Programme … more

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Here at Greengage we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver truly sustainable solutions through a holistic, innovative and no nonsense approach. We asked our expert team to describe how we apply our wealth of knowledge in a way that provides our clients with bespoke sustainability and energy advice. Watch our video below to see Ruth Geeson, Iain Fraser and Richa Kumar discuss our work within the energy … more

Greengage carried out the BREEAM assessment for the new Premier Inn hub hotel in London’s Covent Garden.  It opened in November 2014 and became the first UK hotel to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM rating.  By incorporating a number of innovative design and technological efficiency measures throughout the building, high levels of sustainability were achieved across all disciplines. Whitbread, launched their ‘hub by Premier Inn’ concept in 2013, targeting … more

On Wednesday 25th March 2015 a Written Ministerial Statement was issued which sets out the conclusions to the government’s Housing Standards Review. The Statement was timed to coincide with completion of the passage through Parliament of the Deregulation Bill 2015 which has received Royal Assent. Key points The changes take immediate effect: The CSH is now withdrawn but “legacy” assessments can be completed; Planning consents can no longer … more

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Development projects in London are poised to become more expensive to deliver and carry more technical risk should the proposals in a new GLA consultation be adopted. On 22nd June the GLA brought to a close their consultation on the Housing Standards Minor Alterations to the London Plan (MALP) that effectively removes the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) references for new projects in London and provides a worrying … more