7 June 2010
For a third consecutive year, international consultancy WYG has been honoured at the BREEAM Awards Wales winning two awards in recognition of its environmental and project management expertise.
BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance.
The awards recognise and reward the highest scoring BREEAM buildings in Wales over the last 12 months. WYG won two of the six available awards - the BREEAM Bespoke award for Llandudno Junction and the BREEAM Industrial award for Western Power Distribution Unit.
Steve Piltz, Director of Sustainability at WYG said: “We are thrilled that our team in Wales continues to provide our clients with an excellent service and that it is recognised with these prestigious awards.”
A BREEAM Excellent rating is a pre-qualification, so the winners truly represent Wales' top examples of sustainable design. The awards are not subjective as each development has been independently assessed and certified.
In order to win an award, each building must have excelled in every environmental category within BREEAM (e.g. from Energy to Ecology) and therefore winners represent a holistic approach to delivering environmental sustainability.
The Welsh Assembly Building, Llandudno Junction is the regional North Wales office for the Welsh Assembly Government, providing a base for staff and public access. Keen to minimise the environmental impact of its facilities, the Welsh Assembly Government set and reached a target of BREEAM ‘Excellent’ for the building. The building makes use of numerous technologies for reducing environmental impact, which may often be seen in isolation in other buildings, but are not normally combined in a single building as in this case.
Len Morley, Regional Director, Tweeds and project manager for the project said: “The Welsh Assembly Building at Llandudno Junction was an exemplar of collaborative working and shows what can be achieved when the whole team strives towards a set of common goals, even when the contract is one of design and build.”
The Western Power Distribution unit incorporates a production area and associated office accommodation. It is located on the Dole Industrial Estate, north of Llandrindod Wells. This is a modest steel frame building that maximises the use of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies in its design. The building is naturally ventilated and avoids the use of refrigerant in its operation. The site has also seen an increase in flora species numbers as a result of the development.
Steve Piltz added: “The achievement of the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for the Western Power Distribution unit was greatly assisted by strong communication through the Design Team and the early involvement of the Assessor.”
Photograph: Llandudno Junction