Our finalists have all demonstrated an exemplar approach to sustainability on their projects, including complex refurbishments, tricky new builds and even a fire station.
CN Awards 2017 Sustainable Project F B Ellmer 69 Carter Lane
F B Ellmer: 69 Carter Lane, London
69 Carter Lane is a 29,000 sq ft commercial development in London that is part refurbishment, part new-build.
The building was designed to use passive measures wherever possible to regulate temperatures and circulate air. Close collaboration ensured that sustainability, both during construction and while in use, was at the forefront of decision-making. On a highly constrained site, the team achieved an EPC rating uplift from E to B, while also securing a BREEAM Excellent rating.
CN Awards 2017 Sustainable Project Grangewood Builder
Grangewood Builder: 119 Ebury Street, London
Grangewood Builder transformed 119 Ebury Street into three high-end apartments for Grosvenor Estates to become the first-ever listed building to achieve BREEAM Outstanding for a domestic refurbishment.
The project reduced the building’s carbon emissions by 89 per cent and challenged perceptions about what can be achieved with listed buildings. A two-year monitoring exercise will now take place to analyse its performance with a neighbouring property, built to a base specification, the results of which will be shared to drive forward sustainability within listed buildings and across Grosvenor’s 121 ha estate.
CN Awards 2017 Sustainable Project Morgan Sindall University of Nottingham GSK
Morgan Sindall: The GlaxoSmithKline Centre for Sustainable Chemistry, Nottingham
This laboratory for the University of Nottingham completed in June 2016 on time, within budget and with high levels of client satisfaction.
It is the world’s first chemistry lab to make no overall contribution to greenhouse gas levels: the energy required to run the building will come from renewable sources, while excess energy generated will provide enough carbon credits over 25 years to pay back the carbon used during construction.
To top it off, the project achieved an impressive double: both BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Platinum.
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CN Awards 2017 Sustainable Project Saint Gobain
Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland: Bartholomew Barn at The King’s School, Worcester
Bartholomew Barn is the first Multicomfort building to be completed in the UK.
The Multicomfort design concept is about building and renovating homes, offices, schools and other buildings to increase comfort and wellbeing while protecting the environment, and was developed by Saint-Gobain with a full set of design criteria.
Local procurement was a priority, with 94.6 per cent of materials sourced less than 80 km from the project, and all excavated materials were retained on site for the duration of the job.
CN Awards 2017 Sustainable Project Simons Group
Simons Group: GSK Zero Carbon Archive Building, Hertfordshire
Simons Group constructed this building at GSK’s HQ in Ware to rehouse four operational functions from older accommodation that no longer met required standards.
A range of sustainability measures were deployed on this constrained site, resulting in 1,000 fewer tonnes of emissions in the construction phase than a traditional build, and a minimum annual reduction of 17 tonnes of CO2 over the building’s lifetime.
In 10 years’ time, the facility will become completely carbon-neutral at current energy usage rates and was the lowest-carbon building in GSK’s portfolio at the time of its completion.
CN Awards 2017 Sustainable Project Sir Robert McAlpine CGC City Campus
Sir Robert McAlpine: City of Glasgow College, City Campus
Glasgow Learning Quarter, a consortium led by Sir Robert McAlpine, delivered this major project to consolidate City of Glasgow College onto two sites within the Glasgow city boundary.
Local employment and training was a crucial part of the project, with 81 per cent of the contract value spent within Scotland and £34.5m of contracts awarded within Glasgow.
The team also created 3.3 ha of new green space, planting 287 new trees, and exceeded all but one of its sustainability targets, achieving a BREEAM Excellent rating.
CN Awards 2017 Sustainable Project Skanska
Skanska: Beer Wall Phase 3, Somerset
Skanska delivered a vital flood alleviation project for residents affected by flooding in Somerset.
Phase three of the project involved the excavation of two new river channels and the installation of two large tilting weirs to connect the Sowy River and the Langacre Rhyne to new culverts upstream and downstream of Beer Wall road, more than doubling the amount of water that can flow underneath it.
The team reused 100 per cent of peat arisings – a major undertaking – and 100 per cent of excavated materials were recycled.
CN Awards 2017 Sustainable Project University College of Estate Management
University College of Estate Management: Horizons - Achieving Excellence in a Sustainable Building Refurbishment, Reading
When UCEM decided to move to a new home in Reading, it set out to ensure its relocation would be carried out to the highest sustainability standards.
In choosing Horizons at 60 Queens Road, UCEM took ownership of a 1980s office building with poor energy performance and sought to transform it. From an initial BREEAM Good rating, UCEM achieved Excellent with enhancements including new windows, an air-source recovery heat pump system and the addition of 72 solar PV cells.
CN Awards 2017 Sustainable Project WRW Construction
WRW Construction: Aberystwyth Fire Station
Achieving 99.4 per cent waste diverted from landfill during both demolition and construction phases, the Aberystwyth Fire Station project used various techniques to drive out waste and investigate the viability of achieving zero waste on construction projects.
In particular, WRW set up three separate manufacturer ‘take-back’ schemes to recycle materials, while offsite fabrication was used to reduce waste. It has been built to BREEAM Excellent standards and exceeds Welsh Government targets on waste.
Sponsored by H+H
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H+H UK is the largest manufacturer of aircrete products in Britain, including the market-leading range of Celcon Blocks. Aircrete builds projects from homes to multi-storey dwellings, schools, offices and industrial premises.
Its lightweight design and ease of use makes it an ideal medium. Operating nationwide, H+H is privileged to work with many of the largest builders in the country.
H+H aircrete is manufactured largely from recycled materials and is highly sustainable, with embodied CO2 lower than most other building materials. H+H is proud of its green credentials and achieves the highest A ratings in the BRE Green Guide.