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.
As part of wider sustainability services we are providing for Carlsberg throughout the UK, we are appointed as a sub-contractor to deliver the BREEAM Assessment for the new ‘Cube’ development on the Northampton brewery site.
The development is striving to achieve BREEAM Excellent through installation of renewable technologies and innovative design to ensure the long term running costs for the building are kept to a minimum.
The building also includes significant provision for cyclists with cycle storage, lockers, showers and changing facilities for a large proportion of staff.