BRE announces the winners of the BREEAM Awards 2021

On the 23rd-25th March 2021, BRE hosted the first ever online BREEAM Awards ceremony. The three-day virtual event celebrated this year’s shortlisted and winning projects, with over 400 attendees joining online from all over the world.

BREEAM has been the world-leading sustainability assessment method for planning projects, infrastructure and buildings for over 30 years. The BREEAM Awards is an annual celebration recognising the projects and organisations that, in the view of the independent judging panel, are leading the way with significant achievements in sustainable building design, development and management.

The three-day ceremony, which was hosted by BRE’s Head of Building Performance Services Shamir Ghumra, included keynote speakers Sadie Morgan of dRMM Architects, David Willock of Llyods Bank and Ufi Ibrahim of Energy and Environment Alliance. The keynote speakers addressed the links between sustainability and quality of life, financing sustainability in the built environment and the role of sustainability in environmental and governance practice.

The 2021 Award Winners


For the fifth year, GRESB and BREEAM partnered to recognise responsible real estate investment, as part of the annual BREEAM Awards. Mission-driven and investor-led, GRESB is the environmental, social and governance (ESG) benchmark for real assets. GRESB works in collaboration with the industry to provide standardized and validated ESG data to the capital markets.

GRESB/BREEAM Award for Responsible Investment Large Portfolio-Klépierre

GRESB/BREEAM Award for Responsible Investment Small Portfolio-Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Office Fund N.V

GRESB/BREEAM Award Individual Leadership-Katherine Sherwin, Blackrock

Regional Awards

The Regional Awards aim to recognise the achievements of projects within significantly differing economic, social and cultural regions. They allow for local recognition of excellence in relation to the regional context where market changers might not be recognised at a global level.

Regional Award Asia-Studio City Phase II

Regional Award Central and Eastern Europe-Penny Market Otopeni

Regional Award Western Europe-TIVOLI GREENCITY

 Regional Award Americas-Centro SEBRAE de Sustentabilidade

 China Exceptional Achievement Award-IKEA City Shanghai Jing’an


Commercial Awards

The Commercial Awards are given to projects that are owned and operated by commercial enterprises and used for commercial benefit – both new build and refurbishment/fit-outs.

Commercial project – Design Stage Award-Jumbo Nationaal Distributiecentrum Nieuwegein

Post Construction Award-Triodos Bank De Reehorst

Commercial project – In Use award-Commercial project Center for Sustainable Landscapes

BREEAM Award Winner-Center for Sustainable Landscapes

Public Sector Awards

The Public Sector Awards are for projects supporting community and societal services, such as government, health, education and justice, including closely related commercially driven projects.

Public Sector Project – Design Stage Award-South West College, Erne Campus

BREEAM Award winner-South West College, Erne Campus

Public Sector Project – Post Construction Award-Knights Park

Public Sector Project – In Use award-Kampusareena

Homes Awards

The Homes Awards recognise residential projects in urban contexts, all aiming to deliver homes with a focus on comfort and sustainable living.

Homes – Design Stage Award- Building 17 European Quarter Residential Complex

BREEAM award winner, Building 17 European Quarter Residential Complex


Assessors Awards

The Assessor Awards recognise BREEAM Assessor organisations and individuals that have achieved consistently high scores under BREEAM in the last year.

Assessors of the year x 3-

  1. Andrew Caistor, Green Gain
  2. Martin Springer, Adamasgroep Arnhem
  3. Simon Hogenstijn, W4Y Adviseurs B.V.

Assessor organisation of the year- Atelier Ten

BREEAM Champion Awards

The BREEAM Champions Awards reward organisations that put strong sustainable performance at the heart of their work philosophy and practices – using BREEAM to facilitate this and to drive continual improvement.

Professional Champion Award – Architect- Perkins&Will

Professional Champion Award –M&E Engineer- W4Y

Directors Award

For the second year running the Director’s Award focus’ on and recognises the scale of impact and advocacy that an individual has contributed to BREEAM.

Directors Award-Richard Bennett, Director, Morgan Capital London


The Your BREEAM Award is decided by a public vote from the 47 projects shortlisted. Over 7,000 votes were recorded for the BREEAM Awards 2021.

Your BREEAM Award-Afyonkarahisar Ticaret ve Sanayi Odasi

BREEAM Award winner-Afyonkarahisar Ticaret ve Sanayi Odasi

Today marks the final ceremony of this year’s BREEAM Awards and it has been a privilege to celebrate the incredible achievements of so many winners. These inspirational buildings have inspired us and demonstrated the huge progress made in sustainability in the built environment, and we are proud to have supported them all through BREEAM.

The pandemic has been a huge challenge in so many ways for our industries, but it has also allowed us to revaluate priorities and where possible build back better. We look forward to continuing our work through BREEAM as we ease out of lockdowns around the world, and we are excited to witness the positive impact seen from so many of this year’s award winners.

-Shamir Ghumra, Head of Building Performance Services