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 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
"Eight Associates has provided invaluable sustainability advice for our RIBA award-winning boarding house at Brighton College, for both the BREEAM assessment and ecology. They were able to ensure we met Brighton and Hove Council's stringent Sustainability Policy in a very tight timeframe. I have found Eight to be a breath of fresh air and have already appointed them on our next development."
Steve Patten Projects Director, Brighton College
"Eight Associates has worked for Cadogan for many years to help us reach our objective to develop more sustainable buildings on the Estate. We have found their assistance in helping us to achieve this objective invaluable and Eight Associates form an integral part of the develop team in reaching this goal."
Nicholas Dutton Head of Building Surveying, The Cadogan Estate
"Eight Associates approaches sustainability in a holistic way and consider a range of sustainability factors and their interdependencies. They offer multiple services under one roof, which is like gold for clients, saving time, providing clear communication, and preventing the usual back and forth and mixed messages"
Ignacio Escobar Tarmac
"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