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Legal & General achieves a BREEAM first

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Legal & General Property’s building at 740 Waterside Drive in Bristol is 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.

An office building in Bristol’s Aztec West business park, 740 Waterside Drive has been 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.


The £5 million, 30-week project encompassing 51,000 square feet is undertaking 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 involves the replacement of window 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.

“The BREEAM success of 740 Waterside Drive is testament to the commitment of Legal & General and the entire project team to addressing the challenges of improving existing buildings,” says Gavin Dunn, Director of BREEAM. “Our congratulations to 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 eco-system.  This can only be achieved by working with forward thinking third parties who demonstrate skills and understanding in this area.”


Frances Pearce, Project Manager of JLL commented that, “Legal & General has a strong commitment to sustainability across its entire asset base. With minimum requirements of EPC B and BREEAM ‘Very Good’ on all construction projects, the design team had clear direction from inception of the project.

“We worked closely with BRE Global to apply the new Refurbishment & Fit-Out standards to the project and believe this is a valuable tool now in the market place, particularly given the building refurbishments likely in the run up to 2018”. In the UK the Energy Act 2011 will make it unlawful to lease a property from 2018 below a minimum energy rating of “E”.

The 740 Waterside Drive project team is:

  • Client:Legal & General UK Property Fund
  • Project Manager: JLL
  • Architect: Stride Treglown
  • M&E Consultant: Hoare Lea
  • QS: Sweett Group
  • Contractor: Midas Construction
  • BREEAM Assessor: Sustainable Construction Services
  • Joint Agents: Knight Frank & JLL
  • Structural Engineer: Clarkebond

For more information please contact Linda McKeown, BRE, email [email protected]

Notes for Editors

1. BREEAM is the internationally recognised measure of sustainability for buildings and communities. More than 425,000 certificates have been issued under BREEAM on more than 24,000 projects around the world, and 1.9 million buildings and communities are registered for certification. BREEAM is used in more than 70 countries.

2. BREEAM UK Refurbishment & Fit-Out 2014 provides a standalone scheme for assessing a broad range of building refurbishment and fit-out projects. Its highly flexible modular structure comprises four modules:

  • Part 1 – Fabric and structure: external envelope, including walls, roofs, windows and floors
  • Part 2 – Core services: centralised M&E plant, including heating, cooling and ventilation
  • Part 3 – Local services:  including lighting, local heating, cooling and ventilation
  • Part 4 – Interior design: including interior finishes, furniture, fittings and equipment.

A project can be assessed against one or all of the four parts, or any combination, depending on which are relevant to its particular scope of works.

3. BRE Global (incorporating LPCB and BREEAM) is an independent third party approvals body offering certification of fire, security and sustainability products and services to an international market. BRE Global is the custodian of a number of leading brands including:

  • LPCB for the approval of fire and security products and services, listed in the Red Books.
  • BREEAM the world’s leading environmental assessment method for buildings, which sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de-facto measure of a building’s environmental performance.

4. Legal & General Property (LGP) forms part of the Real Assets division of Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), which is responsible for the company’s direct investment capabilities in property and infrastructure.  One of Europe’s largest institutional asset managers and a major global investor, LGIM manages £465bn in assets on behalf of over 3,100 clients (30 June 2014), providing products and solutions spanning all asset classes. LGP is the third largest institutional property fund manager in the UK, managing or co-managing 19 funds or vehicles with an aggregate asset value of £15.5bn (31 Dec 2014).

LGP’s UK-focused asset management platform has built and retained a strong track record of out-performance. Sector specialists cover each sphere of the market and are supported by LGP’s market-leading research capability.

Taking a client-centric approach, the business places the highest priority upon integrity and transparency, leveraging the significant resources provided by the wider LGIM platform.  Protecting the medium to long term value of its portfolio, as a leader in sustainability, green principles are embedded into every property and investment decision.