British Red Cross Resource Centre BREEAM

First Aid training and resource centre certified BREEAM Very Good at the Design Stage element. Encon Associates were appointed by Architects Sursham Tompkins to provide BREEAM expertise to keep this project on target for the targeted BREEAM Very Good. 


Client: British Red Cross

Design Team: Sursham Tompkins, Tompkins Robinson Surveyors, 

Main Contractor: Borras Construction

Sustainability Consultant: Encon Associates

Project Title: British Red Cross Resource Centre, Chelmsford 

Value: £1.25m

Services Provided by Encon: BREEAM Assessment 2011 New Construction Offices

Rating: Very Good

Stage: Design

Encon Associates have now certified the scheme in the Design Stage.

The Design Stage assessment also called the interim stage, provides evidence of the building’s performance at the design stage of the life cycle. Assessment and certification ideally occurs prior to the beginning of operations on site. The certified BREEAM rating at this stage is labelled as ‘interim’ because it does not represent the building’s final, new construction BREEAM performance.

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To be able to complete an assessment at this stage the design must be advanced to a point where the relevant design information is available to enable the BREEAM Assessor to evaluate and verify the building’s performance against the criteria defined in this scheme document. The interim Design Stage assessment will, therefore, be completed and certified at the scheme design or detailed design stages.

Having worked closely with the design team throughout this project, the target of BREEAM Very Good for design stage is now complete, achieving it's required Very Good comfortably. 

The ground floor includes a reception, training room, staff office and breakout room with a large open plan office, meeting room and hot desk area on the first floor. Externally, a new pedestrian walkway from the main road to the building was created along with a car park and new boundary walls.

Up in 38 weeks!

This project was expertly built by firm Borras Construction Limited, and managed to do it in an impressive 38 weeks! To top it off, they recorded footage of the feat so you can really see what a great job they did!

Check out the time-lapse footage below:

Using the powerful IES TaP BREEAM assessment online tool for all their BREEAM assessments

With over 10 years of experience working in BREEAM and Sustainable construction, Encon Associates implement the use of IES TaP into all schemes appointed for BREEAM assessment. This is award-winning software that allows Encon to easily manage the process and ensure transparency and personnel allocation to all credits targeted. Managing the project via IES TaP BREEAM software, it has allowed all parties involved to have a live update on progress at all stages of the project.

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