33 Charterhouse Street, our project for client RES Design sustainability consultancy, has achieved the UK’s first BREEAM 2018 New Construction ‘Outstanding’ rating for the design stage of this project.

MKA Ecology were commissioned to consult on the land use and ecology aspect of the new-build office development which has achieved an overall performance score of 89%, verified by independent assessor BRE Global, in accordance with BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology), the world’s leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings. Reaching the ‘outstanding’ criteria for sustainability puts the project within the top 1% of all BREEAM assessed projects.

One specific area in which the design excelled was Site Ecology. MKA Ecology put forward its ecological recommendations resulting in 14/15 possible credits for the BREEAM category.

Advice from MKA Ecology’s ecological team included an extensive green roof which has been created within the design of the building combining a mixture of wildflower grassland and sedum planting. The green roof was designed to deliver sustainable habitat for invertebrates, birds and bats and to help with surface water run-off from the building. Nest box provisions were also made for starlings, swifts, black redstart and bats, as well a ‘bug hotel’ to encourage invertebrates to colonise the new habitats.

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