17 February 2016

Filwood Green Business Park shortlisted for European accolade

A building constructed for Bristol City Council to mark the city’s status as European Green Capital 2015 has been shortlisted for a European environmental award.

Filwood Green Business Park has been nominated for the BREEAM Awards 2016, a ceremony which recognises the finest examples of sustainable buildings in Europe.

Built by Bristol construction firm The Midas Group, the 40,000 sq ft of workshop and office space was created to provide a new sustainable home for small and medium sized businesses in the City.

The Award ceremony will take place in London on March 8, and will include ground-breaking developments from the UK, France, Sweden, Russia, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, the Czech Republic and Romania.

BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings and communities. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance.

Alan Hope, Chief Executive at The Midas Group, said: “As a Bristol-based company we are very proud to see Filwood nominated for another prestigious award. The building itself is the first commercial building in the South West ever to earn a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, and one of the highest scoring environmentally-friendly buildings in the whole of Europe.

“We are also very proud of a build which involved more than 500 people working on site in Bristol, created training opportunities for local apprentices and employed more than 300 local sub-contractors, with 20 staff working towards an NVQ qualification.”

Director of BREEAM Gavin Dunn said: “This year we are celebrating 25 years of BREEAM so it’s great to see such a fantastic variety of innovative and inspirational buildings that demonstrate just how far developers and architects how come on the sustainability journey in that time. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of all the shortlisted teams at the awards dinner on 8th March.”

In addition to this latest nomination, Filwood Green Business Park also won the prestigious New Building of the Year award at the recent 2Degrees Network Champions Awards, and the Eco Green Building Award at the Bristol Post Green Capital Awards in 2015.

The building produces 20% of its own energy using photovoltaics, A+ Rated materials and planted roofs externally, however its sustainable ethos runs even deeper. Designed with high performance building materials and on-site energy generation, the building achieves a 40 % CO2 reduction, saving and estimated 46 tonnes of CO2 annually, the equivalent of 276 double decker buses.

The building features a sedum green roof and sky garden, which was a suggestion from people in the local community, who were encouraged to bring their own sustainable ideas to life. The green roof provides a wealth of benefits to the environment and can last longer than conventional roofs.

The project has also financially contributed to Bristol’s Tree Pips initiative to involve primary school children in learning about and planting 36,000 new trees across the City.

The area chosen for the building of the business park was a brown filed site with a huge amount of concrete on it due its former use as an airfield hanger. Even before the building work began, Midas ensured that all the pre-existing concrete was reused on site, saving hundreds of tonnes of waste going to landfill.

During the build, Midas used high performance building materials which reduced energy demand by 30%.  Midas also used Advanced Waste Solutions for all waste on site and produced a monthly report of all waste collected. At the end of the build, Midas had diverted 99% of construction waste away from landfill, having set themselves a target of 80% at the start of the work.

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