Camden office building achieves BREEAM Outstanding award


A building designed by Bennetts Associates for Camden Council has received a special award for its environmentally-friendly design.

Set to be constructed on the site of Three Pancras Square, King’s Cross, the building has been awarded a BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of ‘outstanding’ in its design stage. Measuring 13-storeys, the building will feature new London offices, a leisure centre, a cafe and a library.

The £123 million development will achieve carbon emissions some 50 per cent lower than building regulations suggest.

Established in 1990 by the Building Research Establishment, the BREEAM is a voluntary measurement rating awarded to those buildings considered to have eco-friendly features. It covers a range of buildings including retail properties, offices and prisons. It was added to the systems ratings in 2008 and is only awarded to buildings scoring at least 85%, which means that a successful recipient has to score well across a full range of sustainability issues.

Peter Fisher, associate director at Bennetts Associates,  said: “Camden’s building at Pancras Square has achieved a BREEAM Outstanding rating through rigorously integrating the ‘green’ features with the structure.

“These simple passive design measures include maximising daylight, solar shading to help control internal temperatures and an energy-efficient hybrid ventilation system.”

Integrating a number of key features, as well as those mentioned by Mr Fisher, the new building Camden Council will eventually be moving into will include angled cladding, natural ventilation and light, a brown roof and an intelligent building management system.

Construction of the property is likely to be completed in 2014.

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