Scott White and Hookins Project Shortlisted for the BREEAM Awards 2021


School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary University London

Rating: Excellent

We are very pleased to share that one of our Sustainability Teams projects has been shortlist for an Award by BRE at this Year’s prestigious BREEAM Awards.

We were the appointed BREEAM Assessors, from feasibility stage through to post construction final certification, on the impressive School of Mathematical Sciences refurbishment project for QMUL. Working closely with the Client and project team throughout, SWH identified and monitored credits options to ensure those offering greatest benefit and value to the scheme were taken forward within the very high “Excellent” rating that was achieved.

The project has been shortlisted by BRE, along with three other schemes, within the “Public Sector Project: Post Construction” award category. To be chosen for the shortlist out of all the certified projects worldwide is real recognition for the scheme, team and for us as the Assessors. The shortlisted projects are being reviewed by a panel of experts and the winners will be announced at the March Awards event.


Prior to the works, the School of Mathematical Sciences building was deemed very outdated and in need of renovation. The University set out ambitious objectives for its renewal, within tight budget constraints, to create an excellent environment for staff and students, whilst also dramatically improving the buildings energy efficiency, and using its prominent position to enhance the local environment.

The application of BREEAM through the scheme development and construction was fundamentally to both meeting these goals and demonstrating them as successfully achieved.

“The BREEAM process was very enlightening and enabled sustainability principles to be embedded in the project from an early stage. This provided the University with a sustainable and energy efficient building for the benefit of staff and students. Notable strategies included a high performing façade, natural ventilation, energy efficient HVAC and lighting and photovoltaic panels.”

Harry Pluckrose, Project Manager, Partner Gardiner & Theobald Project Management

“The application of BREEAM has helped to achieve all of the targets identified at commencement, resulting in a substantial benefit to the educational environment. The scheme provides a good example of the redevelopment of a ‘high rise’ building within an urban location”.

Simon Weston, Project Architect Director, Kendall Kingscott Ltd.

Careful planning and review of the existing structure allowed the building to be refurbished and, where viable and efficient, elements of its M&E plant maintained. This avoided the additional waste and new materials of a demolition and new construction approach.

Redeveloping a poorly performing high rise building, on a tight site, with tight financial constraints creates substantial challenges. Doing so via a refurbishment that successfully achieved both the Clients ambitious objectives, and such a high BREEAM Excellent rating, sets a standard to be aspired to by other schemes.



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