Barts Square Wins London RIBA Award
We’re proud to announce that the mixed-use masterplan in the Smithfield Conservation Area which incorporates homes, offices and shops, gardens and public squares, has been awarded a 2022 RIBA London Award.
Working alongside our client Helical with lead architects Sheppard Robson, in addition to envelope designers Maccreanor Lavington and Piercy&Company, Sweco led on key aspects of the buildings systems and services, from sustainability planning and space optimisation to fire strategy and engineering services including M&E, vertical transportation and IT/security.
The redevelopment of the former St Bart’s hospital site is the largest regeneration scheme in the City of London for 20 years. The site comprises new office buildings with high quality residential apartments and mixed class retail units.
Courtesy of Sheppard Robson
The scheme also delivers high quality office space to meet potential city commercial tenant requirements with apartments suitable for the top end residential market. Best practice environmental performance standards are incorporated which contribute to an economic and socially sustainable community.
Sweco was appointed to deliver a full range of building environmental and engineering services. After analysis of the site and building requirements Sweco then – working closely with the design team – developed appropriate strategies to meet the client’s objectives.
Sweco developed a site energy strategy, utilising existing district energy providers in the vicinity to provide heating and cooling to the residential, retail and 90BC office as well as heating to One Bartholomew Close. The OBC office was provided with on-site cooling, which was deemed essential in attracting suitable tenants.
The office buildings design achieves a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating whilst the residential apartments have been designed to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) Level 4.
We are delighted to see sustainability at the forefront of our award-winning projects. Inventive selection and use of construction materials and a notable shift towards retrofitting solutions has been clearly demonstrated in projects of all scales ranging from domestic refurbishments to the masterful reuse of listed buildings.
Dian Small RIBA London Regional Director
Providing high-density accommodation on a restricted site meant that available space was at a premium. Building services strategies were developed that minimise plant space by rationalising and consolidating systems. Benefits include optimal space and energy use, together with capital cost savings.
High performance building façades are an integral part of the building design. Sweco performance advice ensured façades meet the architectural aspirations, yet are fully-functional climate modifiers specific to site and orientation demands.
Sweco produced an optimised lifting strategy for all buildings which enabled maximum net office floor area within lift performance targets.
Sweco worked closely with the design team to develop an integrated fire strategy that allows multi functional use on a shared site without compromising safety.
- M&E and Public Health Services
- Environmental Systems
- Vertical Transportation
- Fire Strategy and Systems
- IT and Security Services
- Code for Sustainable Homes
Key Sweco project contacts
Conor O’Donoghue (Operations Director – Building Services)
Kartik Amrania (Head of Building Sustainability)
Michael Williams (Building Services – Associate)
Steve Cooke (Building Services – Associate)