ABP London’s £1.7 billion Royal Albert Dock Development’s first phase has been placed in the top 10% of sustainable commercial building design after it was awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating by sustainability body BREEAM.
Multi-disciplinary design practice, Hilson Moran were the BREEAM assessors for the project whilst also providing sustainability consultation, utilities & infrastructure design, environmental building design, vertical transportation, acoustics, security and fire services on the scheme.
The team worked closely with ABP London to achieve its commitment to provide a new commercial centre that enhances the well-being of the people who will use it and the surrounding natural resources.
The RAD masterplan, designed by London-leading architects Farrells, is to be delivered in six phases across 10 years and will create a new business community, comprising over 2.5 million sq ft of new office space, in this historically trading capital in east London.
ABP placed the BREEAM criteria at the heart of its plans for a sustainable community. Type A and B office buildings utilised efficient mechanical ventilation and highly efficient mechanical cooling equipment throughout with central cooling and heating from an onsite energy centre. In terms of renewables, a large array of photovoltaic panels were installed on each building, reducing the overall energy demand and thus carbon emissions.
The project will reenergise this part of the city, installing a vibrant 24/7 district on London’s waterways. This will be a platform for financial, high-tech and knowledge driven industries looking to establish and further their business in the UK and European markets.
The recently completed first phase will include 460,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation in suites starting from 1,300 sq ft up to stand alone buildings of 150,000 sq ft, across 21 brand new contemporary buildings.
John Mui, ABP London’s Chief Operating Officer, said:
“We are thrilled to have secured this milestone in the development which once again shows our commitment to create a sustainable project that will accelerate business growth in this part of London. I thank Hilson Moran and all of our consultant teams’ efforts on this achievement.”
Scarlett Franklin, Sustainability Consultant at Hilson Moran said:
“This is a fantastic achievement for the whole RAD development team. The result is based on a continued collaborative and supportive project design team, contractor and client and creates a sustainable goal for the scheme.”
Peter Barbalov, Partner at Farrells said:
“Sustainability is an essential part of the RAD masterplan and it is brilliant that the first phase has received this recognition, setting the benchmark for future phases and establishing its performance within the top 10% of UK new non-domestic buildings.
From ensuring indoor air quality to using sustainable materials, we were committed to achieving this rating from the outset. We, along with the wider project team, designed with the end user in mind and have created, through the use of smart materials and design tools, commercial buildings and green public spaces which meet their working and wellbeing needs”.
About Hilson Moran
Hilson Moran is a leading, international multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy. It applies the latest design techniques, technology and innovation to its work in the design, procurement, occupation and operation of buildings.
The firm’s expertise spans new-build, fit-out and refurbishment in the public and private sectors. Projects include some of the world’s most innovative and iconic buildings, including 30 St Mary’s Axe and 20 Fenchurch Street in London, Ordnance Survey’s HQ in Southampton and the North Yas Island masterplan in Abu Dhabi.
Its services include:
- Building services
- Smart buildings
- Vertical transportation
- Fire engineering
- Security consultancy
- Facilities management
- Masterplan Energy and Environment
About Royal Albert Dock
Royal Albert Dock is a new international district that will enable people to accelerate the journey of their business. At RAD, we have designed workspaces that range from 1,300 – 330,000 sq ft on highly flexible terms.
RAD has been master planned by world-famous Farrells Architects to create a waterfront community with a vibrant high street, shops and other amenities. RAD is situated between three DLR stations, London City Airport and the new Crossrail station at Custom House.
RAD is a central part of London’s newest and most exciting destination, the Royal Docks.
Phase One 460,000 sq ft delivered Q1 2019.