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Shakespeare's Globe
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Shakespeare’s Globe

New Construction and Refurbishment 

Project: Project Prospero – Shakespeare’s Globe (new build West Block and basement refurbishment)

Project Type: BREEAM (2014) New Construction and BREEAM (2014) Refurbishment and Fit-Out

Anticipated Rating: BREEAM (2014) New Construction – Excellent and BREEAM (2014) Refurbishment and Fit-Out – Very Good, with aspiration to achieve Excellent

Shakespeare’s Globe is developing a new-build West Block and refurbishing its existing basement and backstage spaces. The project at the iconic building on London’s South Bank is designed to deliver improved events and exhibition spaces, upgraded backstage facilities, rehearsal rooms, education studio spaces and office areas and a world-leading library and archive for Shakespeare studies.

Our sustainability consultants and BREEAM assessors at Eight Associates worked closely with the Southwark based architects, Allies and Morrison, and M&E consultants Skelly & Couch to develop the project’s sustainability strategy, which is currently on track to secure a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for the new build elements of the project, and a high BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating for the refurbishment.

Eight Associates’ BREEAM assessment for the development includes measures to design out potential flood risk given the building’s proximity to the River Thames. Passive design features include optimising the use of daylighting and natural ventilation within the new build. In addition, an adaptation to climate change strategy is to be undertaken by Eight Associates to explore how the building’s design increases its resilience to climate change impacts such as increasing thermal temperatures and flood risk. The development is also on target to achieve a 10% reduction in CO2 through specifying a Ground Source Heat Pump.

The building will benefit from significantly reduced running costs, whilst ensuring the occupants have a healthy and high quality environment in which to visit and work. Funding plans to realise the project are ongoing, with RIBA Stage 2 designs complete, and regular design team progress reviews and consultations scheduled as the project progresses.

“Eight Associates has been, and continue to be an important part of the design team working with us on a number of projects, providing valuable insight and advice on sustainability and how best to achieve our required BREEAM rating. Eight Associates has demonstrated the ability to problem solve, when necessary to ensure a smooth and successful BREEAM process.”

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Steve Patten
Projects Director, Brighton College
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