BREEAM Industrial Assessment, Sheffield

Planning permission was granted for the construction of a new 16,000 square foot, portal framed extension to the existing warehouse facilities with a number of conditions prior to commencement on site and the opening of the new facility. A BREEAM Industrial Assessment was required to mitigate a condition of planning consent to achieve a BREEAM "Very Good" rating.  

Key Facts

Client: H B Projects

Location: Sheffield

Development Site Area: 0.5 hectares (1.25 acres)

Gross Floor Area: 16,000 sq ft

Services Provided:

Contribution to Planning Consent: Discharged planning conditions, including BREEAM Industrial Very Good Rating, carbon reduction Part L compliance and Travel Plan, all approved by Sheffield City Council

Contribution to BREEAM Industrial:

  • ENE 1 - Reduction of CO2 Emissions
  • ENE 5 - Low or Zero Carbon Technologies
  • LE 3, LE 4, LE 5 and LE 6 - Ecology criteria

Key Environmental Facts: 10% carbon reduction and a further 20% contribution from low carbon energy measures. High ecological BREEAM score (8 out of 10 credits) and landscaping to provide ecological enhancement and visual amenity for the site

Warehouse facilities

The Solution

Travel Plan to satisfy a planning conditionEncon Associates were commissioned to carry out the BREEAM Industrial Assessment along with other required services including:

  • Ecology Appraisal
  • Landscape Design
  • Low & Zero Carbon technology report to achieve the required BREEAM rating and achieve the required carbon reduction needed to satisfy the local authority.

Landscape design

Close Collaboration

By employing Encon Associates to deal with all aspects under one roof, rather than several consultants, the client was able to meet their planning obligations and construction program:

  • Our BREEAM Assessor worked closely with the contractor design team to establish what was required to meet the required BREEAM Industrial rating.
  • Our landscape architect and ecologist worked closely to assess the site and increase the ecological value in order to achieve additional BREEAM credits.
  • The Traffic & Transportation team also negotiated with the local planning authority to discharge the Travel Plan condition required prior to starting work on site, and produce proposals that not only gained the highest possible BREEAM credits for ecological credits LE 03 to LE 06 but also met with the approval of Sheffield City Council to discharge the conditions of the planning approval.

Further work on assessing the energy requirements and ensuring the scheme achieved not only compliance with the BREEAM energy credits but also the rigors of the Building Regulations.  Encon Associates produced an LZC assessment and detailed design for carbon reduction in this high soffit building with a high-lux requirement and were able to achieve the necessary improvements.

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