Latest sustainability roll of honour unveiled at Ecobuild conference

Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre

Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre

Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre

A dogs home in Shropshire and a prison building in south-east London have been named among the most sustainable buildings ever certified at the Ecobuild conference.

The winners of the latest BREEAM awards all achieved at least an “excellent” rating and excelled in every environmental category within the accreditation, from energy to ecology.

In particular, the Dogs Trust’s Shrewsbury Rehoming Centre - which won the “bespoke” category - gained the highestBREEAM post-construction score ever awarded.

Close behind was “The Green” student accommodation at the University of Bradford, which earned innovation credits for providing real-time energy-use and water-use displays to every student flat.

Elsewhere in the awards, the Living Unit at HMP Thameside, formerly Belmarsh West Prison, became the first prison building to achieve BREEAM “outstanding” classification.

Carol Atkinson, chief executive of BRE Global - which manages BREEAM - said the winning buildings were “testament to the outstanding skill and determination” of the building owners, developers, project teams and assessors.

“We believe that one of the reasons for their commitment is that more and more clients and project teams are now equating high BREEAM ratings with better building performance,” she said.

All of the award-winning buildings notched up a BREEAM score higher than 70%. The Dogs Trust and the University of Bradford’s student accommodation, achieved scores of above 94%.

BREEAM Awards winners                                                

Bespoke: Dogs Trust Shrewsbury Rehoming Centre

Data Centres: British Geological Survey Data Centre

Education: Ashmount Primary School and Bowlers Nursery, Crouch Hill

Further Education: SusCon, North West Kent College

Higher Education: Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts

Fire Station: Harold Hill Fire Station

Healthcare: Houghton Primary Care Centre

Industrial: Foresterhill Energy Centre, NHS Grampian

International: Tour Majunga, Paris

In-Use Part 1 (Asset): Oude Houtlei 140, Gent

In-Use Part 2 (Management): One Silk Street, City of London

Multi-Residential: The Green, University of Bradford

Offices: Green Incubator, South Shields

Prisons: Thameside Prison Living Unit

Retail: Waitrose Stratford City

Code for Sustainable Homes: St John’s Church Vicarage, Wembley

Assessors of the Year: Barny Evans, Joanne Thetford and Duncan Wren

Assessor Company of the Year: Capita Symonds