Hammerson’s first phase of Elliott’s Field completed in 2015 achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating, however phase 2 offered the opportunity to help realise Hammerson’s Net Positive vision, achieve the highest BREEAM “Outstanding” rating (achieved by less than 1% of new non-domestic buildings and never achieved on a multi-let retail asset) and become the world’s first carbon neutral retail park.
The ambitious BREEAM target was a challenging one. The type of development meant every eligible credit had to be achieved and there was no room for error.
A robust system for BREEAM management was developed to ensure full team collaboration and accountability including subcontractor BREEAM-specific scoping documents which formed part of contracts, assisting in achieving the Design Stage rating.
Throughout construction, there were 276 points of criteria to be achieved, each one assigned to an owner and monitored monthly. Far from being a retroactive exercise, this process ensured BREEAM was targeted through every stage of the project and Outstanding was achieved at completion.
Demonstrating best practice from design to end of lifecycle, passive design features minimise energy demands, air permeability targets were exceeded and EPC A+ ratings were achieved across all 10 units. Full consideration of environmental impact in-use led to agreements with retailers to fit-out units with energy efficient systems and a PV array covers 97% of roof space generating sustainable power for the park and national grid.
The project was completed on time, on budget, with a BREEAM Outstanding score of 86.6%, demonstrating exemplary best practice in sustainable design.
Achieving a BREEAM Outstanding score for Elliott’s Field Phase 2 has set the benchmark for Hammerson’s portfolio proving such high sustainability ratings can be achieved on this type of development.
" Our scheme is the first carbon neutral retail park ever and the first Hammerson asset to achieve the highest BREEAM “Outstanding” rating. Kier and their design team overcame several challenges to deliver the project on time, in line with an already challenging programme, allowing retailers to open together just before the valuable Christmas period. This is a fantastic result. "Development Manager Hammerson
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