‘Outstanding’ – BREEAM

 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 Management, Health & Wellbeing, Energy, Water, Materials, Waste and Land Use Ecology. In effect, in order to achieve the 85% score, exceptional performance is expected for all BREEAM credit categories.

The opportunity to work on BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ projects is embraced at Greengage as it supports our ethos of providing truly sustainable solutions, through a holistic and innovative approach in partnership with our clients. This engagement with sustainability demonstrates the trend in the market, wherein clients are more attuned to the opportunity that construction poses for long-term asset value growth. Whether it is a focus on Health & Wellbeing through specialised lighting systems, which has been integrated into the Deloitte building in the Netherlands, or an increased focus on biophilic design, exemplified by a number of offices in London; there are numerous examples of projects pushing the boundaries of sustainability within the construction industry and raising the standard for green building design.

The BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ projects, which Greengage are contributing to, follow in this stead, incorporating both innovative design and comprehensive team co-ordination. Last year, Greengage worked alongside Whitbread in delivering The Hub by Premier Inn which achieved a score of 90.5% and became the highest ever BREEAM rated hotel in the UK. The merits of this unique relationship have been unmistakable in positively influencing the design and project implementation across all Whitbread projects that Greengage are working on, including the Tolworth Premier Inn project. Currently, this project is on track to become the second highest BREEAM rated hotel, targeting a score of 87.84%, corresponding to a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating.

The Greengage offices have the pleasure of directly overlooking The Shard, and so when the prospect of undertaking the BREEAM assessment for the refurbishment of the 22nd floor was presented to us, we relished it as an unmissable opportunity to contribute to an architectural icon. The refurbishment and fit-out project was commissioned by the Malaysian Sovereign Fund, Khazanah, who sought to, among other reasons, use the credibility that the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating commands to increase their brand reputation. Greengage were able to deliver a high level of support to a team who had had relatively little exposure to the BREEAM processes and assist in the co-ordination of the assessment with the design team. Currently, only one other refurbishment and fit-out project has achieved this rating within London.

Another project that we are working on is the Greyfriars project. This full office refurbishment is on track be the first BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ project to be completed within Reading. The project is located a short walk from the station, and will undoubtedly be in high demand as rent within the city is likely to drive businesses further afield with the market for green buildings increasingly becoming more attractive. The project team is proud of its commitment to the principles of the circular economy by recycling or reprocessing 92.6% of waste produced on site and satisfying the project for an exemplary credit.

Greengage are well versed across all of the available BREEAM schemes and we have been providing extensive input to a high profile retail development in South East London, navigating the project towards pursuing an ‘Outstanding’ rating. The client has benefitted from Greengage’s range of services on this project, by means of the Ecology team conducting site surveys and producing an ecology report for the site. This streamlined service has facilitated the efficiency of the assessment and allowed the team to be assured of targeting the maximum number of targets. The project will be the second retail development in London to achieve such a rating.

There is no doubt that the prospect of green buildings are becoming much more attractive to investors, who see a more robust return on investment and welcome the environmental credentials that the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating brings to their developments. Greengage supports the BRE in continually ensuring that their benchmarks develop in accordance with new technologies and discoveries about the benefits of building sustainably.