VIP Visit to Regent’s Place, an exemplar development with sustainability at its core
Regent’s Place, the Sir Terry Farrell master-planned, 13-acre, mixed-use estate in London’s West End, will be the destination of the next Sustain Worldwide VIP site visit on 29 November. The event builds on the recent highly successful visit to Central Saint Giles, central London.
The British Land exemplar, which has been more than a decade in development and the latest phase completes the picture. The North East Quadrant phase consists of two commercial office buildings sited at the gateway to Triton Street, a residential building comprising 154 apartments, a 20-storey tower with views over Regent’s Park and private landscaped gardens, the New Diorama, retail spaces, office spaces, external landscaping and public works of art.
At Regent’s Place, sustainability has been embedded into every aspect of the project. Examples include carbon emission reduction actions (new buildings exceed regulation requirements by 50%), managing environmental risks, water conservation practices and estate-wide initiatives to reduce and recycle waste, and to encourage bio-diversity.
Sustain Worldwide, in its role as an elite leadership organisation bringing together leading businesses with shared sustainability objectives to collaborate, innovate and create commercial opportunities, has organised the site visit to this inspirational development from 10am-12pm on 29 November.
The speakers, who will make short presentations, will outline how the estate has been delivered to meet the needs of users, planning and building controls as well as hitting sustainability targets that go beyond compliance. The speakers will be available after their presentations to discuss their role on a one-to-one basis.
October saw a strong press contingent at the Central St Giles site visit on 22 October. Reporters from Guardian Sustainable Business, Building4Change.com, Facilities Management and The Architects Journal attended with press coverage to follow. In total, there have been more than 25,000 opportunities to read about Sustain Worldwide and our members in October.
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VIP site visit to Central St Giles, London
The Sustain Worldwide organised VIP visit to the Renzo Piano designed Central St Giles, London, on 22 October was acclaimed a great success. Forty VIPs and press, from amongst others Guardian Sustainable Business, The Independent and Architects’ Journal, attended the event, which was hosted by Simon Wilkes Head of Business Space Development for developer and landlord LGP.
The guests enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the iconic citrus façaded building, located at the eastern end of the UK’s busiest street, Oxford Street. The highlight for your reviewer was a visit to the glazing-wrapped 10th Floor, which has panoramic views of central London from its green roof terrace.
Wilkes, Lee Oxley for tenant NBC Universal (google and King Media are other clients), John Baker for the HVAC supplier Climaveneta, and Jeff Lengthorne for the building’s FM Broadgate Estates delivered short presentations. Engaged Q&A sessions followed each presentation.
Chris Greaves, Head of Offering & Markets, Uponor, said: “The event was an interesting ‘warts and all’ look at a BREEAM Excellent building from various perspectives. ” Wilkes’ openness as to the challenges and failings of the building, as well as the successes, was noted as being an especially valuable learning.
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Sustain Worldwide networking dinner serves up success
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Partners & Members News in Brief
Affinity REPE has relocated within Canary Wharf. The fund management and property development company, which is developing an eco-sensitive resort Freedom Bay in St Lucia, has moved to 40 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London E14 5NR.
Buro Happold principal Craig Schwitter spoke at the October UN General Assembly as part of World Habitat Day. Schwitter’s presentation focused on ways to strengthen the urban fabric of New York, and other cities to make them more resilient in the face of increasing natural threats. As a response to the issue, the global engineers has developed its Living City model. The model has been applied at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewal Energy (KACARE).
Climaveneta has provided air conditioning units to the growing sustainable luxury hotel market in India. Installations have been made at The Gateway Hotel Mumbai, the Varanasi Hotel and The Samhi Hotel, Bangalore. Climaveneta notes the Indian economy is booming thanks partly to the number of European and American companies that are opening subsidiaries, which is leading to a boom in the demand for and development of luxury hotels.
MGM French Properties has opened an new office in London’s West End. After more than a decade in Regent Street, the leading developer of sustainable ski properties in the French Alps, the company’s new office, which is open to the public, is located at Swan House, 17-19 Stratford Place, off Oxford Street, London W1C 1BQ.
Medina Palms has committed to implement an Environmental Management System (EMS). The EMS, which demonstrates Medina Palms’ best practice intent and leadership in the region, will enable the resort on the Kenyan Coast to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency in non-regulated areas, such as energy use, waste reduction and water conservation. Sustain Worldwide is working directly with Medina Palms to implement the EMS framework.
Oliver Burns has achieved EcoStep Bronze certification. The architectural interiors & development practice, based in central London and St Albans, first gained the award in 2012. The certification is based upon the implementation of a series of procedures and practices, within an EMS framework, to benchmark, measure and monitor its business aspects and impacts, and set objectives and targets to improve efficiencies in the identified impact areas.
TFT’s Mat Lown and Paul Spaven are delivering a series of RICS seminars on Zero Carbon Buildings. On 26 November, from 6-7pm, they will be speaking in Cambridge. The seminar will highlight the Zero Carbon definition, offer guidance on achieving targets, cost benefit analysis and provide insight on recent developments.
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