Greengage are very proud to have worked on four projects that have recently achieved BREEAM certification with Greengage acting as BREEAM assessor on each project as well as undertaking other technical roles to meet a range of sustainability aims. In all cases, effective collaboration between the project team enabled sustainability to be embedded from the early stages and ultimately improved in the buildings.
Theale Logistics Park
The 12,550sqm industrial warehouse unit in Theale, near Reading, was awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating. The project achieved particularly high scores under topics of energy, through inclusion of a rooftop PV array; materials, through early consideration of material selection and efficiency principles; and ecology, through inclusion of planting areas, invertebrate features and bird boxes. Greengage’s early involvement from project conception on sustainability and arboricultural issues enabled maximum benefits to be realised for the scheme.
Premier Inn London Farringdon
An existing 1970s office block on West Smithfield in London was refurbished and extended to create a 326-bedroom Premier Inn hotel. Using a bespoke methodology to account for both the refurbishment and extension parts, the building achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating. A particularly high level of energy performance was achieved through the inclusion of ASHP technology for heating and cooling, and CHP for hot water. Greengage also acted as project ecologist with the inclusion of a biodiverse roof with additional invertebrate features; wildflower seeding; and black redstart bird boxes, resulting in a significant increase in biodiversity value.
Blackwater Retail Park
A BREEAM Excellent rating was achieved for a new retail unit within the Blackwater Retail Park in Farnborough, Hampshire. Particular features installed to enhance the building’s sustainability included a rooftop PV array and new native woodland planting with bird and bat boxes. Material use was a particular focus for the project with all materials required to meet defined performance standards as well as existing materials being reused and material selection considered to improve recycled content of the materials on site.
Manhattan Loft Gardens
Achievement of BREEAM Very Good certification for the hotel and restaurant was the culmination of over ten years of development of the Manhattan Loft Gardens 42-storey mixed use tower in Stratford as part of the wider regeneration of this part of London. Greengage also undertook Code for Sustainable Homes assessments on the residential apartments; were involved with the energy strategy through the design and construction; and also developed a biodiversity enhancement plan for the three sky gardens at levels 7, 25 & 36, which included bird boxes embedded within the building fabric, a green wall, invertebrate features and raised planters to make the gardens welcoming to all residents.