We are pleased to have reached final BREEAM certification of the University of Hertfordshire’s new Science Building which achieved a final BREEAM credit score of 73.6% – a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

The BREEAM certificate brings to a conclusion GWP’s 4 year involvement in the £26 million new build scheme, in which our role included BREEAM Accredited Professional services from Concept / Brief stages right through to post Handover of the completed building.

Originally conceived by Sheppard Robson architects, the building was delivered by Bouygues UK and their partners BDP (architecture), Capita (MEP) and AECOM (Civils / Structural), the project was managed by Turner & Townsend. The five storey building provides over 4000sqm of state of the art teaching, research & development laboratories for the University of Hertfordshire and privately funded research and utilises low carbon energy systems in the form of a 50kW CHP unit and roof mounted Solar PV array. Energy efficient lab equipment, refrigeration and fume cupboards were also central to the sustainability strategy for the building, which exceeded best practice standards in material Green Guide rating performance and the responsible procurement of building materials and insulation.

The achievement of the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating is particularly significant given the complex nature of the building and its services strategy. Meeting such a high level of compliance further demonstrates the ability for buildings of all types and uses to achieve high BREEAM standards with the right level of knowledge, experience and design advice applied at an early stage in the project and carried through by a capable delivery team.