The UK and France sweep the board at this year’s BREEAM Awards

The best performing buildings of 2013 assessed under BREEAM (the BRE Environmental Assessment Method) were recognised at the annual BREEAM awards presentation at Ecobuild last night.

BREEAM was the world’s first environmental assessment method, created in 1990 and now used in over 70 countries around the world, providing a range of social, environmental and economic benefits to clients. Over a million buildings have been registered for assessment since then. Ratings are calculated against a range of criteria by independent BREEAM assessors, with the results expressed as a percentage score.

This year saw a new format to select the award winners. Previously, awards were given to the building with the highest score in each category. This year, a panel of eminent industry judges selected the winners from a shortlist of the five highest scoring buildings in each section. Comprising Alan Yates, BRE Global (Chair); Cat Hirst, UK-GBC; Claudine Blamey, The Crown Estate; Phil Heenan, Cabinet Office; and Hywel Davies, CIBSE, their decision was based on the particular circumstances, challenges and achievements of each development as well as the very high BREEAM scores achieved.

Projects from across the UK and France have triumphed in for 2014.At the gala event at Ecobuild, compered by TV wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan, UK projects won six of the scheme categories. The BREEAM Retail and BREEAM In-Use categories were won by projects in France, with the latter an all-French shortlist, highlighting the country’s remarkable uptake of BREEAM In-Use.

The winners in the scheme categories were:

  • BREEAM Offices: Quadrant 2 South, London
  • BREEAM Retail:So Ouest, Levallois-Perret, France
  • BREEAM Industrial: Bombay Sapphire Distillery Process Buildings, Hampshire
  • BREEAM Mixed Use and Other Buildings: Prince Charles House, St Austell, Cornwall
  • BREEAM Education: Energy Technologies Building, Nottingham University
  • BREEAM Healthcare: Elective Orthopaedic Theatres, City Hospital, Nottingham
  • BREEAM In-Use: Cité Europe, Calais
  • BREEAM Residential: Fourways House, London

Another first for this year’s awards was the brand new ‘Your BREEAM Award’. Decided by over 5,000 public votes, selecting from a shortlist published by the online journal Building4Change, the award went to The Cooperative headquarters building, 1 Angel Square in Manchester.

Gavin Dunn, director of BREEAM said:

“The outstanding quality of this year’s winning projects has set the sustainable development bar even higher. They are not only testament to incredible technological ingenuity but also to the resourcefulness and vision of the teams that brought them to life and their ability to put people at their heart.”

Companies, countries and individuals were also singled out for prestigious BREEAM awards. European company Grontmij was named ‘Assessor Company of the Year’, and Rob Baker of RSK Group, Oriane Dugrosprez of ALTO Ingénierie and Stefaan Martel of Bopro received individual ‘Assessors of the Year’ awards.

Three awards were also presented to pioneering assessors who were the first in a country to have conducted a BREEAM certified building assessment. The winners were:

  • Viviane Cunha of Viviane Cunha Associados for a residential development near Rio de Janeiro in Brazil
  • Jérémie Cottin of Le Sommer Environnement for the Villas du Larvotto development in Monaco
  • Andrew Caistor of Prague-based green-gain for a business centre in the Slovak Republic

Photos from the awards ceremony are posted to the BRE Flickr site: www.flickr.com/brewatford

More detail of each of the winning developments can be seen at www.breeam.com/awards