Five Pancras Square is the new headquarters for Camden Council, which achieved completion in August 2014. The 13-storey mixed use property includes office accommodation, a library, an access centre and leisure centre facilities, including two swimming pools, a fitness suite and studios. Sweco acted as the Building Services Consultants, BREEAM Accredited Professional and BREEAM Assessor for the project. The building was awarded a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, having achieved the highest BREEAM score of 97.6% for a building of this type in the UK.
Sweco’s building services specialists played a key role in establishing a detailed client brief which outlined Camden Council’s operational and functional requirements, as well as setting ambitious sustainability and energy efficiency targets. It was a planning requirement that the 22,500 m² building achieved a minimum rating of BREEAM ‘Excellent’. However, Sweco’s BREEAM Accredited Professionals were influential in persuading Camden Council, the developer and project team that a Bespoke BREEAM Outstanding would be possible. It was an audacious objective since, at the time, there had never been an ‘Outstanding’ building that incorporated a leisure centre, library and office accommodation.
Sweco produced a detailed sustainability implementation plan, which was used as a tracker throughout the design and construction stages, helping to de-risk the process as well as give clear instructions to all the designers and the main contractor on their deliverables.