Contractor’s Brundtland Building becomes first ever UK education refurbishment project to get BREEAM Excellent status

Bedford college crop

Morgan Sindall’s refurbishment of the Brundtland Building at Bedford College has become the UK’s first BREEAM Excellent education refurbishment project.

The project entailed the refurbishment of the 1960s building into a low carbon seminar and meeting facility.

Morgan Sindall's Bedford College refurbishment

The firm completed the project in 2012 but has not received confirmation of its BREEAM rating until now.

Bedford College chief executive Ian Pryce said the project showed that the “right attitude and application” made updating existing homes and offices into energy efficient buildings possible.

Bob Ensch, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “The Brundtland Building is a great example of the high levels of sustainability that can be achieved when refurbishing education buildings.

“The project team faced some challenges during the construction process, not least working on a very busy, live site for periods of the build and they have done a sterling job, ensuring the highest standards were met and continuing Morgan Sindall’s ongoing commitment to delivering first-rate, sustainable education projects.”