White Swan York

White Swan, York

Mainer Associates were appointed to undertake a BREEAM refurbishment assessment, Part L calculations and daylighting calculations for the redevelopment of an old hotel in the centre of York.

The development includes a number of apartments to be owned by a local housing association and retail units on the ground floor.

Due to the age of the building, it was difficult to achieve the many of the more modern aspects of building regulations and standards now prevalent in schemes such as BREEAM.

We were able to assist the developer in achieving excellent levels of energy performance due to the improvements we were making on the existing fabric and services. While the property was heating through the use of electric panel heaters, we were able to facilitate improvements in energy performance through the use of whole house ventilation with heat recovery.

One of the planning conditions for the development was to achieve 10% from renewable energy sources. Options for the development were limited and as such we maximised the amount of PV on the project which took the development to around 7% energy from renewables. The council were not keen on other technologies like heat pumps due to the aesthetics and subsequently happy that we had done all possible to get to the desired levels and the condition was discharged.

There were a number of elements to the project where solutions had to be found to demonstrate compliance with and indeed adhere to the local planning authority requirements given the building was in a conservation area. Secure by Design is requirement of BREEAM but this could not be achieved as a result of the building having to maintain certain elements due to the conservation area status. As such we were able to work with the SBD officer and the Local Authority to work a solution which meant we could achieve the BREEAM credits.

Acoustics was another of the elements. We worked with the developer to ensure that details and products were used that meant the internal acoustic levels required for BREEAM were achieved.

The Assessment has been submitted to the BRE with a score of 60% thus creating a margin of 5% over the cut off for a Very Good rating to be achieved.

Asda Sutton

ASDA Sutton – BREEAM Very Good

Mainer Associates is pleased to announce that the new ASDA store in Sutton has been awarded a BREEAM Very Good rating at the Post Construction Stage.

Mainer Associates have been working on the development from the planning stages compiling Energy Statements to demonstrate compliance with the stringent energy performance standards set by the Local Authority.

From the point at which planning permission was granted, Mainer Associates worked collaboratively with the project team in order to ensure that the design stage BREEAM assessment was achieved in a timely manner given the pre-start conditions set by the Local Authority.

Once this was achieved the project was able to start on site and due to the short development programme, Mainer Associates were required to work at a fast pace in order to ensure credits were not lost during the construction of the store.

Our staff have been delighted to continue the working relationship with Lateral Property Group, DLA Architecture and GMI Construction and we hope to work with the team again in the future.

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Monks Cross, York

For the Monks Cross development near York we are undertaking a number of BREEAM Assessments including 10 Retail and 1 Bespoke.

The development includes a number of retail units and a new community stadium and community centre. We are working closely with the project team and providing ongoing support to ensure the stringent planning and tenant requirements will be met.

A variety of fabric improvements have been put forward which demonstrate significant savings. We have also been instrumental in the decision-making process for the selection of renewable technologies for the site. We were able to utilise our influence within the project team to change the chosen renewable technology to be installed on site from ASHPs to Solar PV. This not only provided the retailer with the most appropriate technology for the site, but also enabled a significant uplift in the number of BREEAM credits awarded.

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Marks & Spencer, Reading

Having completed pre-planning works for a new M&S Simply Food store in Reading, we are near completion of the construction phase works. Our services for this project include: Renewable Technologies Feasibility Study; BREEAM Assessment; Ecology Study; Transport Study; Sustainability Statement; and Acoustics.

The local council have set a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ as the target. We will be advising throughout the project on sustainable measures to be included in order to achieve this target and to continue our involvement in discharging planning conditions relating to Sustainability.