Key MEP/ Sustainability features_

  • -Client aspirational target BREEAM rating of Excellent’ – Post occupancy score of 76.4% achieving “Excellent”
  • -Certified Energy Performance Certificate rating: B.
  • -Air quality – Ventilation system designed to filter out harmful pollutants and deliver BCO compliant ventilation rates
  • -The project is estimated to deliver a 69% reduction* in regulated carbon emissions over the previous/pre refurbishment building *based on Part L calculations.

The previous landmark building provided the cornerstone about which the famous Jewellery quarter of Hatton Gardens was built. The project involved a strip back to the structural frame of three interlinked buildings including the original building to Charterhouse Street, building extension to Saffron Hill as well as a more modern extension to the Saffron Hill Building. The works, followed by addition of extensions, re-configuration of cores and re- cladding the building to create a new contemporary asset that is now their new home.

As the MEP Engineers for the scheme, our remit was all encompassing whereby GDM employed the Sustainability consultants direct in order that we could ensure we were fully aligned with the various requirements of the local bodies and criteria laid down by BREEAM and other regulatory bodies. The site comprised of three interlinking buildings all different age and construction, posing its own problems in terms of dealing with transitions between concrete and steel frame for running MEP systems but more importantly the thermal mass of each was different, therefore requiring different thermal modelling and CFD models.

The project was a turnkey package with the MEP design taken from Shell & Core through to Cat B. The team worked with two different Main Contractors for the Shel & Core as well as the fit-out. The MEP systems were completely removed back to the incoming mains with new works starting with the relocation of an existing and the creation of two new sub-stations. Air Source heat pumps were utilized to provided simultaneous heating and cooling as well as comply with Camden Council Sustainability plan and BREEAM requirements. Low energy pumps invertor driven pumps, intelligent controls, and LED lighting throughout contributed to highly energy efficient building and MEP installation.

Key MEP/ Sustainability features_

  • -Significant retention of sub and superstructure including frame and slabs resulting in lower embodied carbon impacts compared to a new building.
  • -Cycle storage, lockers and shower provided to encourage employees to bike to work. MEP systems designed to utilise electric water heating with no gas utilised anywhere on the site. Grey water recycled and filtered to provide grey water for WC flushing.
  • -Optimised thermal façade limiting heat gains, whilst providing good daylight levels. MEP systems designed in line with thermal conductivity and comfort of façade