As part of the larger masterplan the developer, MEPC, have placed a BREEAM requirement of ‘Excellent’ for all buildings on site.
Mainer Associates have been appointed directly by MEPC for pre-tender works and novated to the Contractor for the construction phase.
We have conducted a number of workshops at the early project stages to ensure that BREEAM is considered and credits can be awarded prior to tender. This strategy also provides greater cost certainty as tendering contractors have more detailed information with which to develop their tender submission.
Sustainability is a key aspect of MEPC’s company policy and the buildings at Wellington Place demonstrate this. Including a combination of innovative building fabric design and services installations, the project team have been able to deliver high quality, energy efficient and functional office space.
The buildings make the most of the considerable amount of glazing increasing levels of natural daylight. In combination with daylight dimmable lighting and PIR controls, lighting loads on the building are kept to a minimum.
Highly efficient Variable Refrigerant Flow heat pump systems with a high coefficient of performance provide heating and cooling throughout the building while air-to-water heat pumps handle hot water demand in some buildings.
With the city centre location, public transport links are excellent and the developer has further reduced car use by providing extensive cycling facilities, including covered cycle racks and shower and changing facilities.
Mainer Associates is again delighted to be working with MEPC, this time on their Milton Park development South of Oxford.
Mainer Associates are appointed during RIBA Stage 1 / 2 of each project being progressed at the site which includes office space, high tech industries and laboratories and home to 9,000 workers within over 250 businesses.
Due to the Local Development Order facilitated by the Local Authority, the relaxed planning regulations make each development on the site move very quickly. Mainer Associates are brought in at the very early stages of the development to ensure the company policy of BREEAM Excellent is achieved with as little additional cost as possible.
During Stage 2 we make sure that early stage reports, required for BREEAM, are all compiled in a manner whereby the are compliant with the requirements. This ensures reports to not have to re-written at additional cost for the purposes of BREEAM.
Additionally, we have also set up a process with MEPC whereby technical reports are compiled for the site as a whole with appendices added for each development as they become live projects. This reduces costs for MEPC and makes the process of updating the reports more streamlined.
Due to the considerable amount of work undertaken by our staff at these early stages, the projects are set up in a way that tendering contractors are able to de-risk the BREEAM element of the project as nearly half the credits have been awarded prior to contract award.
Following on from this, Mainer Associates work closely with the successful contractors to deliver the design and post construction stages of the assessment in a timely manner with the aim of achieving Design Stage certification with two to three months of start on site and Post Construction Stage certification with two to three months of Practical Completion.
Further demonstrating our commitment to delivering services, tailored to our clients needs, we are now running workshops for MEPC Project Managers as to how we can assist them in streamlining the assessment process further.
Mainer Associates were appointed to undertake an Energy & Sustainability Statement for the proposed refurbishment and extension of Britannia Row, Islington, London. The project includes the refurbishment and remodelling of the existing commercial space with the inclusion of nine new residential apartments.
In addition to undertaking a full Dynamic Thermal Model of the development to assist with the Energy Statement, we undertook Code for Sustainable Homes pre-assessments and overheating analysis to satisfy the council’s requirements.
Furthermore, the Council were requiring significant carbon offsetting payments. We were able to engineer scenarios whereby these payments could be reduced dramatically and even eradicated completely.
We are looking forward to working with the client during the detailed design stages in 2016 as the developer looks to maximise the opportunity of improved market conditions.