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 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 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.
"We have worked with Eight Associates for many years and always found them fast and responsive and with a practical approach to sustainable design."
Max Horwell Partner at E+M Tecnica
"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