Creating sustainable, more energy efficient spaces is at the heart of our practice across our services and sectors, from re-use through refurbishment to new-builds.
Buildings and spaces exist together, rather than separately, with the world around them. Our expertise across our services helps increase our understanding of their imprint and how we can waste less and plan more resourcefully and creatively.
Increasing the ability for buildings and spaces to be more self-sufficient is key. Passive sustainable features, such as at the UK Hydrographic Office, with natural ventilation, maximising natural light and providing control over access to outdoor air reduces energy demands. Integrating innovative solar thermal technology into facades, such as at IMPACT, can heat mechanically ventilated areas with zero energy usage.
Inclusion of battery storage, such as at Good Energy’s new HQ, allows the retention of energy generated on-site, reducing energy waste and creating sustainable buildings.
Living walls and re-greening strategies minimises greenhouse gas emissions and the impact on the health of communities.
Learn more about some of the innovative strategies of our recent projects below.
UK HYDROGRAPHIC OFFICE
Impressive levels of passive design features, including natural ventilation and the maximisation of daylight were central in creating the highly sustainable, low energy operation.
IMPACT, SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
Cutting-edge solar thermal technology within the facade heats the mechanically ventilated workshop with zero energy use, plus a 5,500 plant living wall and 240 PV solar panels.
Integration of biodiversity through a rooftop garden and courtyard, plus integrated photovoltaics within the glazing of the atrium are just some of the strategies in place.
Designed to WELL Platinum standards, with biophilic interventions throughout, it is on track to be one of the healthiest workplaces for mental health and physical wellbeing in the world.
KEYNSHAM CIVIC CENTRE
First project in the country to target a DEC A rating by following BSRIA soft landings, achieving an outstanding EPC rating of 5 and almost zero carbon.
Passivhaus residential development of 28 affordable homes, built using a solid thin-join aircrete frame, with comfortable and healthy living spaces that are low on energy usage.
SILVERWOOD SEND SCHOOL
Designed using a hybrid approach, adopting the effective Passivhaus strategies and will apply dedicated internal research to create a Net Zero Carbon school.
HEALTH AND WELLBEING ACADEMY
With a holistic approach taken, the building will be the first University building ever designed to WELL Platinum Standard with features inspired by the human form.
WHEN CREATING OR CARING FOR BUILDINGS AND SPACES, EVERY PROJECT COUNTS.