Bespoke Assessments

The Shard London Bridge

The Shard London Bridge – a pyramid-shaped skyscraper standing at 310m holds the records for the tallest building in London, the United Kingdom and Western Europe. Owing to the sheer scale of the building and the mix of functional spaces that it provides, our team of assessors advised a Bespoke BREEAM to cover the hotel, retail section, viewing galleries and residential areas and BREEAM Offices for the commercial section. 

Due to the overlap of these assessments and the complexity in applying BREEAM requirements to such a building, our team of assessors provided the client and design team with advice and support, alongside the formal assessment. Completion of the project is expected in 2012. The Bespoke element of the project has achieved an Excellent rating.

Building type:   Mixed Use Development   Value:  £435m 

Project team:   Turner and Townsend   Developer: Consortium of Qatari Banks and Developers   Contractor: Mace                            Architects: Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers   Building Services: Arup   Cost Consultant: Turner and Townsend

Premier Inn and Beefeater

The Premier Inn and Beefeater Restaurant development in Burgess Hill represents the latest step in Whitbread’s drive to reduce the carbon emissions across their estate of buildings.

The design adopted the best performing technologies from earlier developments with a target of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 70% and achieving a 60% reduction in water use.  The Acorn, Beefeater 220-cover restaurant adjacent to the hotel was developed as Whitbread’s first low-carbon restaurant.  The actual performance of both buildings is being evaluated by Whitbread and its partners with a view to further enhancing the carbon reductions across their estate of buildings.

The EAC agreed with the Whitbread project team a strategy for undertaking the BREEAM assessment part of which was to identify the most cost effective route to achieving the targeted Excellent rating. 
The assessor worked with the design and construction teams to evaluate the evidence and prepare the certification reports.  A certified Excellent rating was achieved shortly after the buildings opened in November 2010.

Key BREEAM features:  highly energy efficient building fabric using timber frame construction; maximising heat recovery opportunities from both air and water sources; ground-source heat pump providing both heating and cooling; low-energy lighting throughout; extensive sub-metering of energy and water uses; monitoring of all energy uses in restaurant kitchen; low-flow shower heads; low volume, dual flush toilets; aerating taps and rainwater harvesting.

Building type:   Retail and Leisure   Value: Undisclosed  Site Area:TBC 

Project Team:  Fletcher McNeill, Axiom Architects; SEA Design (Interior Designers) Jenks Associates Ltd (Building Services); Speymill Contracts Ltd (Main Contractor); The Malthouse Consultancy Ltd.


Olympic Park, London

With up to 180,000 spectators entering the Olympic Park every day during the Games, the Park will be the focal point of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. EAC members were selected as experienced BREEAM assessors to undertake the assessment of the site-wide BREEAM credits for the Olympic Park.

The assessment includes BREEAM credits in categories such as land use, ecology, transport, pollution and construction site impacts. The goal was to measure the site related credits generically across the site and then apply these to individual projects to obtain a final rating for each permanent venue, Working with policy documents from the ODA and project contractors, the EAC was able to assess these credits and produce a report that has been verified by BRE and is now contributing to the individual venue BREEAM assessments.

Occupying a total area of approximately 246 hectares the site is located in the East London part of the Thames Gateway with much of the surrounding area being urban and residential. A central unifying concourse has been created to carry spectators and competitors over the roads, waterways and rail lines that cross the site which was a mix of industrial, office and residential uses as well as unused land, under-used land and derelict buildings.

Building type:   Sports & leisure grounds    Value:  Undisclosed   Site area: 246 ha

Project team:   Client / Developer: Olympic Delivery Authority

Key BREEAM features: Sustainable training and employment opportunities in construction related trades/skills are being created within the local community/boroughs, good construction site practices committed to in policy documents, a wide consultation planned with all relevant stakeholder groups, a stakeholder feedback process in place, an all-inclusive access strategy being implemented as part of the design.