This retail-led mixed-use project comprises 40 individually designed buildings across 6 districts. These include 154,000m2 retail; 21,500m2 leisure space; 600 residential dwellings; 3000 car parking spaces; two anchor stores with a combined floor area of 39,500m2; two hotels; and 2.2ha of open space.
A Sustainability Strategy for the project was produced for the Masterplan. This document captured the environmental and sustainability objectives and targets, and described how sustainability would be measured and monitored throughout the executive and detailed design stages. Periodic review and feedback on the progress against the Sustainability Strategy is required.
The principle appraisal tool to maximise and benchmark the environmental performance of the designs for the individual buildings is BREEAM and EcoHomes with a target rating of Very Good across the site. This required the provision of sustainable design and construction guidance throughout detailed design development.
An initial BREEAM/EcoHomes appraisal was undertaken at the early detailed design stage with the executive architects, followed by continual feedback and advice up to the final assessment and certification of the completed design. The overall project management, co-ordination and delivery of the Sustainability Strategy and monitoring against the Strategy objectives using BREEAM was undertaken by members of Greengage. Working alongside up to 16 architecture practices and the construction partner Laing O’Rouke to facilitate the achievement of a Very Good within budget required focussed project management and efficiency.