Eight Associates acted as the Energy Specialist and BREEAM Accredited Professional for the refurbishment of a listed Georgian terraced property, 119 Ebury Street – the UK’s first listed building to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating at design stage, for which it received a 2015 BREEAM Award.
The conversion of the former hotel into three duplex apartments is testament to the feasibility of achieving BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ in a heritage context and to Grosvenor’s position as a leader in sustainable conservation.
Eight Associates were appointed pre-planning to create the strategy for achieving the desired BREEAM rating, along with associated targets for energy demand and carbon emissions.
Workshops were held between Eight Associates and the M&E engineer Edward Pearce LLP to devise the optimal design parameters for building fabric and services, which deviated from the agreed planning scheme. Westminster City Council approved the revisions and the strategy is now in the process of being implemented on site.
The project’s comprehensive sustainability features include mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, greywater recycling and rainwater harvesting, vapour-permeable solid wall insulation, vacuum glazing, and photovoltaic and solar thermal energy generation.
Eight Associates also carried out a tenant profiling study in partnership with Grosvenor to establish optimal design features to minimise each apartment’s in-use environmental impact.
"Eight Associates has rapidly become the 'go to' consultancy for all our ecology and arboricultural requirements. Each member of this friendly team has impressed us with their expertise, pragmatism and efficiency. The professional, 'fuss free' services mean we can turn projects around very quickly for our clients, which is critical for our business."
Andrew Brooks Development Manager at Lumiere Property
"Our experience of working alongside Eight Associates on a variety of projects is of a professional and progressive company. Clients benefit from an efficient multidisciplinary approach, that provides a very effective service to developers, architects, institutions and property owners in relation to their environmental, ecological, planning and sustainability matters."
Jason Mills Writtle Forest Consultancy Ltd.
"Eight Associates is a lovely company to deal with and I recommend with enthusiasm anyone who would consider them. They are diligent and professional, usually actioning before their deadlines – great team players."
Steve Reynolds Director, Thornton Reynolds Engineering Consultancy
"The Green Register really values eight associates' commitment to the promotion of sustainable building in all areas of their work."
Lucy Pedler Director, The Green Register of Construction Professionals
"We have utilised the services of Eight Associates several times now and found them to be professional, approachable and friendly. They understand the requirements and demands of BREEAM assessments and have helped us early on at design stage to ensure that our construction projects achieve the required rating. A key part of compiling the evidence is a prompt and efficient review which they deliver consistently. I look forward to working with Eight Associates again in the future."
Mark Lockitt M&E Services Manager at Buckingham Group Contracting