This care home facility is south Reading was subject to a planning condition requiring a BREEAM New Construction (2014) assessment of ‘Very Good’. The building was constructed to a full fit out specification and involved the demolition of an existing building. The new building is over two storeys with 34 one bedroom flats, along with communal lounge, dining and kitchen facilities in two clusters around a courtyard. Externally, the retained garden area was enhanced with new planting, footpaths, seating and further tree planting.
This scheme benefitted from early engagement by the whole project team, which does not always occur. This allowed for a coherent strategy to be developed for compliance and included a reasonable buffer should any issues occur during the construction and sign off process.
This proved to be the case, with the building failing to gain the targeted credits when tested for internal air quality. This was due to furnishings being supplied without adequate fumigation, and whilst this was then subsequently undertaken, the programme did not allow for re-testing.
The main contractor had not undertaken a BREEAM assessment before, but was open to learning and adopting the ethos behind the scheme. Blewburton Limited always tries to get all parties involved in the project to buy into BREEAM projects, and it was the early engagement and positive attitude of all involved that saw this building gain the ‘Very Good’ rating required.