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 world-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.