740 Waterside Drive

Legal & General Property’s building at 740 Waterside Drive in Bristol was the first ever building to be certificated under the BREEAM UK Refurbishment and Fit-Out scheme, the newest of the internationally recognised BREEAM standards for rating the sustainability of building projects.

The office building in Bristol’s Aztec West business park, was awarded design stage ‘Very Good’ ratings against Parts 2 and 3 of the scheme for the refurbishment and fit-out of its core and local services.

As part of the award winning project team, Clarkebond provided structural engineering on the £5 million, 51,000 square feet scheme which involved an extensive range of refurbishments and improvements. These include fully replacing the mechanical and electrical systems, installing photovoltaic panels on the roof, enhancing the airtightness of the building and improving its EPC rating. The building has now achieved an EPC A.

The project also involved the replacement of windows and curtain walling, a Category A fit-out to floor plates, a new steel-frame reception extension, the reconfiguration of the core to include new toilet facilities, floor, ceiling and wall finishes to the new reception extension, and improvements to the site’s landscaping.

Gavin Dunn, Director of BREEAM congratulated the team "who have worked together to deliver a building that will not only be more sustainable, but also offers opportunities for making savings on running costs and a highly attractive workplace."

Debbie Hobbs, Head of Sustainability at Legal & General Property, said: "Constantly looking to push boundaries on what we can achieve in the sustainability arena, we believe that improving existing assets, where we have the opportunity to do so, is pivotal to reducing the impact that the built environment has on our fragile ecosystem. This can only be achieved by working with forward thinking third parties who demonstrate skills and understanding in this area."