Ilona Rose House is a high profile, mixed-use development in Soho, consisting of new offices, retail and residential units. The development involves the demolition and construction of buildings on a site bounded by Charing Cross Road, Manette Street and Greek Street, and the major refurbishment of an existing listed building on Greek street. The development is undergoing three BREEAM assessments, 2014 New Construction Retail and 2014 New Construction Offices and BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment.
Eight Associates was appointed as the development’s Ecology consultant, to conduct the Phase 1 Habitat survey, protected species risk assessment and BREEAM Ecology Report, and the subsequent bat building inspection and dusk survey. Eight Associates’ advice substantially increased the site’s ecological value and ensured full Ecology assessment credits were achieved.
During the initial surveys, potential features used by bats, including several ingress points that could act as bat roosts, were identified, inspected and confirmed as low potential. A bat dusk survey was carried out in line with Bat Conservation Trust guidelines and protected species legislation, providing clarification that the building was not used by bats. This early action ensured there was no delay to work starting on site and the demolition schedule.
Eight Associates’ suggestions to improve the site’s ecological value, such as planting that would benefit wildlife, bat and bird boxes, insect houses and a deadwood loggery, were incorporated, along with advice on the design of the proposed green roof. Eight Associates also created a five year management plan for the site, which detailed long term maintenance to the biodiversity features on site and contributed to gaining the LE 05 assessment credit.
The development is on target to achieve full Ecology credits and the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ target rating across all three schemes.
"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
"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
"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
"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."