BREEAM Excellent for High-Tech Landmark Mainframe Sustainable Building

Scope of Mainframe Building Project

Sustain Quality were appointed for the landmark Mainframe Development by the developer Arax Properties and working with HUT Architects alongside the main contractor Think Inside. Our role within the proposal was both Sustainability Champion and BREEAM Assessor, supporting our client as well as the design and construction team. We oversaw the delivery of the environmental and wellbeing objectives, looking specifically at BREEAM certification.

Mainframe Building Development History

The Mainframe Building is a carbon neutral development revitalising the iconic building reimagined from its original 1930s style and recreated for modern, hyper-connected but sustainably conscious workspaces. Located next to Euston Station, part of Euston’s regenerative transport hub and sitting at the heart of London’s thriving Knowledge Quarter, retaining and refurbishing this existing building will have far reaching positive impacts for the immediate local and wider environment.

This evolutionary flagship and comprehensive development offers panoramic views with floor sizes ranging from 3,889 sq. ft to 12,022 sq. ft and presents CAT A along with CAT A+ availability. The scope of using what already existed was the basis for the design and construction brief and has produced a forward thinking, sustainable and highly accredited redesign.

Project Tools for Implementation

As licensed assessors, we assessed the development using BREEAM UK Refurbishment and Fit Out 2014 and looked at scoring within ten main categories, including Management, Health and Wellbeing, Energy, Water, Materials, Waste, and Innovation, to name just a few.

Key Project Achievements

For Sustain Quality, the successful result of ‘Excellent’, with a percentage rating of 73.2%, highlights the overall success for the project which according to HUT Architecture will, “achieve over 50% embodied carbon reduction across 70,000 square feet of office space compared to brand-new tile flooring with any existing raised access flooring having been retained, de-tacked and cleaned for reuse, diverting more than 11,500 square feet from landfill.”

 *Note: Specifying recycled raised access flooring is one of the ways that the carbon cost is significantly being reduced.

Project Benefits for Clients

For our clients this truly is a landmark building in more than one sense, demonstrating what can be achieved with sustainable and considerate construction when we reuse, recycle and reimagine the possibilities of our workspaces and the buildings that host them.

Location: Mainframe, Level 1, 24 Eversholt Street, London, NW1 1AD