Greengage are currently working with around half a dozen different clients in helping them to answer this question. The short answer is, social value can be defined in many different ways depending upon the local context, type of development or operations being proposed and the way that society will interact with it. In 2012, The Social Value Act (for guidance click here) required public sector organisations to think … more

On the 16th and 17th of October 2017 Greengage Associates Chris Burgess and Rob Miller attended the Healthy City Design 2017 International Congress at the Royal College of Physicians, London, where they presented a poster on ‘Quantification of health benefits through urban masterplanning design of public realm’. The poster summarised the work Greengage had undertaken on a development site using the Sport England MOVES Tool to quantify the … more

Mat 01- Environmental impacts from construction products – Building life cycle assessment Proposed Changes This credit replaces the BREEAM 2014 ‘Mat 01- Life Cycle impacts’ credit. It has been entirely restructured and now requires a whole building evaluation through a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to award any credits. There are now up to seven credits and three exemplary credits available for this issue. A modular structure has been … more

Earlier this week the finalists for the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018 finalists were announced and Greengage are extremely proud to have been shortlisted for two awards: Consultancy of the Year Award and the Sustainable Building Award. The consultancy of the year award recognises the work consultancies are doing to improve the environmental, energy and sustainability credentials of their clients.  Within our submission we provided examples of where … more

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With the launch of the draft BREEAM 2018 New Construction manual last month, we will be examining a select number of credit issues in more detail to understand the proposed changes and potential implications of the criteria that could have a significant impact on the design and construction of a project. We will be providing detailed credit examinations regularly prior to the end of the BRE’s consultation period … more

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With the recent launch of the draft BREEAM 2018 New Construction manual ahead of its expected full launch early next year, we take a look at how opportunities for updating the existing scheme to fit the current sustainability landscape have been met. The Building Research Establishment (BRE) aim to review and update their BREEAM UK New Construction standard every 3-4 years to ensure it reflects current best practice, … more

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We are proud and extremely pleased to announce that 9 Greyfriars Road in Reading has been shortlisted for the ‘Sustainability Project of the Year’ at the 2017 Building Awards, a scheme that Greengage were the BREEAM Assessors, BREEAM AP and Sustainability Consultant for. The scheme at 9 Greyfriars Road involved the full refurbishment of a 1980s building in Reading town centre including a new full height glazing system … more

We have been working closely with clients to develop sustainability strategies that go beyond the delivery of traditional sustainability documents at the planning stages to focus on health and wellbeing, sustainable communities and long-term client value. Particularly for residential led schemes this has become a greater consideration in the absence of the Code for Sustainable Homes. In addition to developing a residential design code to ensure sustainability considerations … more

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The BRE have recently announced that as of 1st July 2017, there will be a change to the structure and uplift in the fees for BREEAM New Construction scheme. For most BREEAM schemes, project registration fees will rise to £250 (from £195). The most significant change however, will be to certification fees for New Construction schemes, which will now be based on the project area rather than a flat … more

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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