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BREEAM awards for the 16 best sustainable buildings in 2009

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Sixteen of the most successful sustainable buildings were honoured at the BREEAM Awards 2010 at Ecobuild, London on 2nd March. The buildings shortlisted for the Awards were drawn from those achieving Excellent ratings under various BREEAM schemes during 2009. To gain an Excellent rating developments must earn most of the performance credits available in the areas of: energy, materials, waste, water, ecology, pollution, transport, management, and health and wellbeing.
The Award winners are:
  • BREEAM Bespoke - awarded to the new  Bletchley Leisure Centre, a key element in the regeneration of Central Bletchley, designed by Holder Mathias Architects and constructed by SDC for Milton Keynes Council. The design team took particular care to minimise the environmental costs in use, for example by incorporating a biomass boiler and reducing water consumption wherever possible.
  • BREEAM Courts - awarded to Salisbury Law Court, one of the new combined court centres commissioned by Her Majesty's Courts Service. It accommodates wide ranging facilities whilst providing a building that is highly energy efficient, maximises natural ventilation and reduces water consumption. Architects: Stride Treglown, Contractor: Mansell Construction.
  • BREEAM Ecohomes - awarded to the Sanderstead Road development in Croydon, which comprises a block of 38 flats and two blocks of semi-detached, four bedroom houses. The development's sustainable features include the use of highly insulated and responsibly procured timber frames, resulting in good thermal performance and environmentally sound construction. Client: Metropolitan Housing Trust, Architect: AHP Architects & Surveyors Limited, Contractor: Mansell Construction.
  • BREEAM Further Education - awarded to Loreto Sixth Form College in Manchester for its new Learning Skills Council funded building which includes a learning resource centre, ICT facilities and a library. The project managers, AA Projects, were tasked with delivering a state-of-the-art teaching facility that promotes sustainable design to the college and its wider community. Architect: Taylor Young Ltd, Contractor: Bardsley Construction Ltd.
  • BREEAM Industrial - awarded to Defra's Veterinary Laboratories Agency Stores facility near Weybridge in Surrey. Aiming for the best possible green strategy from the very outset of the project, Defra and all members the design team worked together to achieve an exceptionally high overall BREEAM score of nearly 84%. Architect: Wilson Mason & Partners, Contractor: Walter Lilly.
  • BREEAM International - awarded to Centrum Galerie, Dresden's biggest shopping mall and the first building in Germany - and the first shopping mall in continental Europe - to receive BREEAM Excellent. The development combines the careful use of resources and optimal energy and space consumption, with the use of advanced energy saving and other technologies. Client: Multi Veste Dresden GmbH, Architect: Peter Kulka Architektur Dresden GmbH Developer: Multi Development Germany GmbH.
  • BREEAM Multi-Residential - awarded to Carnegie Village at Leeds Metropolitan University, which provides 479 student study bedrooms in ‘cluster flat' and ‘townhouse' arrangements. This includes two Passivhaus townhouses. Client: University Partnership Programme Ltd, Architect: GWP Architecture Ltd, Contractor: Shepherd Construction Ltd.
  • BREEAM Offices - awarded to Horizon House in Bristol, the Environment Agency's new corporate office - which scored a superb 85% under BREEAM. Developed by Westmark, Horizon House admirably meets the brief for a commercially viable building that also has the highest environmental standards - these were key to securing the Environment Agency's tenancy.
  • BREEAM Prisons - awarded to the new accommodation blocks at Littlehey II Young Offenders' Institute. Among the new buildings' many environmental attributes are its biomass heating system which provides more than 30% of annual heating, a modular construction with outstanding thermal performance and integrated high performance M&E design. Client: Ministry of Justice, Architect: Capita Symonds/Premier Interlink Waco UK Ltd, Contractor: Wates Construction Ltd.
  • BREEAM Retail awarded to White River Place  in St Austell, a joint venture by the South West Regional Development Agency and White River Developments. As a major local development, community interaction and involvement was taken very seriously and construction materials and employees were locally sourced wherever possible. Client: White River Developments Ltd, Architect: Chetwoods Architects, Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd.
  • BREEAM Schools - awarded to Rogiet Primary School, designed by White Design and built by Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd for Monmouthshire County Council, working together as a close team in a ‘partnering' approach. Sustainable design principles have been followed from the outset, and integrated with the children's education. For example, landscape design includes a nature garden area and a pond for wildlife study, and an eco-wall in the library includes displays of energy use and rainwater capture.
  • OGC Special Award for Government Sector Achievement - awarded to Defra's Lion House which was originally assessed and certified under BREEAM 2006 but has now been reassessed under BREEAM 2008 and is the first building in the world under BREEAM Offices 2008 to receive a final Outstanding rating.
  • First BREEAM Industrial (Interim) Outstanding Rating for G Park Blue Planet. This 35,500m2  building was the first development to achieve an interim Outstanding rating under the new BREEAM 2008. Highlights of its sustainability include a plan to power the whole development through a biomass plant located on one edge of the site to provide heating and electricity, highly water efficient fittings, a rainwater harvesting system and significant ecological enhancement of the site. Developers Gazeley estimate that the environmental features in the building will save up to £300,000 a year in running costs.
  • First BREEAM Europe Retail awarded to Unibail-Rodamco's Docks 76, which is the new 36,000 m2 shopping and leisure centre in Rouen. Both the Agrivin and Docks buildings, which are part of Docks 76, achieved the first certification under the new BREEAM Europe Retail scheme for shell and core at the design stage.  Particular features of the design which helped achieve this rating including the re-use of an existing building on-site, thereby avoiding the environmental impact of demolition and reconstruction, and a 20% reduction of electricity consumption through the use of natural ventilation. The development also incorporates leak detection systems and water-saving features and the use of water by visitors is expected to be reduced by 30%.  
  • First BREEAM In-Use International awarded to the British Embassy, Berlin which was originally opened by HM The Queen in July 2000 and is managed by Johnson Controls GWS on behalf of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. It achieved a ‘Very Good' rating for Part 1 : Asset Performance and Part 2 : Building Management Performance under the new scheme. BREEAM In-Use was launched in March 2009 to help building managers reduce the running costs and improve the environmental performance of existing buildings. BREEAM assessors TPS Consult played a key role in the development of this new scheme specifically for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
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