119 Ebury Street, a Grade II listed residential property in Belgravia, has won BRE’s BREEAM Residential Award this week following news that it has become the first listed building in the UK to achieve BREEAM Outstanding for its proposed design, the highest possible rating.
Judges at the BREEAM Awards 2015 commented: “119 Ebury Street sets a benchmark for the sustainable retrofit of listed buildings in the UK, demonstrating how much their environmental impact can be reduced whilst preserving historically significant urban fabric”. They were also impressed by the “hard work of a close-knit design team and the cooperation of a forward-looking council”. They referenced the building’s “holistic design strategy, and adoption of new technologies in a traditionally conservative high-end market place – and the commitment to on-going monitoring”.
BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment is the leading UK sustainability benchmark measure for residential refurbishment. The measurement assesses not only energy and water consumption, but also includes the wellbeing of future occupiers, the type of materials used and the management of waste.
Commenting on the achievement, Craig McWilliam, Executive Director, London Estate, said: “Working jointly with English Heritage and Westminster City Council to design a scheme that both protects its historically significant fabric and achieves BREAAM Outstanding is a fantastic achievement for the team and I’m thrilled this has been recognised through the BREEAM Residential Award. The pilot project is going to be pivotal in helping inform our future approach to reducing environmental impact of our buildings whilst conserving the character of our London estate.”
119 Ebury Street is currently being converted by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland in to three highly sustainable apartments and the range of sustainability measures incorporated are anticipated to reduce the building’s carbon emissions from 29 tonnes per year to six, meeting the Government’s 2050 target of an 80% reduction in emissions. The scheme is part of Grosvenor’s Sustainable Retrofitting Programme which will see 300 residential properties sustainably retrofitted across Mayfair and Belgravia.
Once 119 Ebury Street is completed in 2016, it will be assessed again to measure its actual performance against proposals. The design proposals at 119 Ebury Street include:
• Internal wall insulation (sensitive to the building’s heritage features)
• Secondary vacuum glazing
• Whole house ventilation and heat recovery
• Rain water attenuation
• Rainwater harvesting
• Automated window shading
• High efficiency boilers with heat recovery
• Photovoltaic panels to generate electricity and hot water
• An integrated building management system
The architects on the scheme are David Morley Architects; the sustainability consultants are Eight Associates; and the construction works are being carried out by Grangewood.
Read more about the scheme here.
For more information contact:
Naomi Curtis/Sorrel Basher, Press Office
020 7312 6479/6101
Notes to Editors
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland aims to create value through its skills in place-making and design, repositioning locations in ways that change customer perceptions and deliver results for our stakeholders. We own and develop an exceptional range of properties and locations in Britain and Ireland through two business units: our London estate, responsible for assets across 300 acres of Mayfair and Belgravia, and Grosvenor Developments, responsible for all off-estate activity in Britain and Ireland. Both teams have a common goal: to create great places for people to live, work and visit. As at 31 December 2013, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland had assets under management of £5bn.