The Merton Fire Control Centre (FCC) project involved the redevelopment of an existing industrial estate located in Merton in order to provide a regional control centre for the Fire and Rescue Service.
There was a requirement to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating for the proposed development, stipulated by the end-user – the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Greengage were commissioned by Skanska UK Ltd to carry out a Bespoke BREEAM assessment. The scope of works comprised both preliminary assessment advice to inform the design’s development and management, and completion of the Design & Procurement certification process.
The UK’s regional fire control centres form part of the Critical National Infrastructure and are required to meet stringent security and resilience requirements. This meant that the scope and fit-out of Merton FCC was largely controlled by the DCLG. Greengage therefore took great care to identify the most beneficial BREEAM credits that were appropriate for meeting the target rating whilst also complimenting the design requirements that had already been stipulated. Specifications and features were identified for inclusion wherever possible that provided maximum sustainability benefit for minimum costs.
The final certification report produced by Greengage detailed the performance of Merton FCC against the Bespoke BREEAM final criteria issued by the BRE. The building achieved a BREEAM score of 71.69%, which translates into a BREEAM rating of Excellent.