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UCL

SKA Rating Assessment

Project Specs

Client

Greengage & UCL

Size

1,500 Sq Mt

Project

25 Gower Street

Budget

N/D

SERVICE

SKA RATING ASSESSMENT

SECTOR

Higher Education

Location

London, UK

SECTOR

Architect: Hawkins Brown

MEP Engineers: Arup

Contractor: Structuretone

Project Manager: Arcadis

Sustainability Consultant: Greengage Environmental

Brief

We were invited to support the project team to achieve a SKA rating for this modernisation project of UCL.

The project delivery was impacted by covid and the original Silver target was not possible but a Bronze rating was within the evidenced performance.

Solution

Our appointment was to support the closing and certifying of the project and it did not include consulting during the design or delivery stages.

SUSTAINABLE ACHIEVEMENTS

Following the pillars of Sustainability, we share some high level and key achievements from this project.

Due to our service scope on this project, we do not have insights on the value and economic pillar. Insights on social and environmental are as follows:

SOCIAL

VOC was monitored during work delivery with 24 readings collected throughout the programme.
Good lighting design was developed in conjunction with efficient energy use for lighting.
Good acoustics were developed with local interventions creating a positive working experience in the workplace areas.

Thermal comfort and aftercare were both well responded to issues.

Environmental

98% of waste was diverted from landfill.
Heat gain through perimeter windows was supported through new blinds which were Cradle to Cradle certified.

Very strong efforts to reduce waste through furniture and fittings specifically took place from early design stages. This included design out waste workshops, setting up a furniture storage facility to enable furniture re-use, both on the project and distributed to other university buildings on campus.

High energy efficiency of light systems and fittings 90% of the timber was responsibly sourced.

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