Cardiff Bay project achieves 'Excellent' BREEAM rating six months ahead of completion


Scott Brownrigg’s design for Cardiff’s new flagship waterfront office development 3 Assembly Square has achieved a BREEAM (2006) rating of ‘excellent’ with an impressive score of 75.52, a full six months before completion.  A score of 70 is required for an excellent rating and 75 is not only rarely achieved but is virtually unheard of before the building is complete. 

In addition 3 Assembly Square will have a reduced carbon footprint achieving an improvement of 31.3% over building regulations in terms of energy consumption.

The six storey (66,250 sq ft) building, for which Scott Brownrigg is carrying out architectural and interior design services for the Cardiff Bay Partnership, is located adjacent to the prestigious National Assembly for Wales’ Senedd building and has a stunning location facing onto Cardiff Bay.  When complete, it will be Wales’ largest eco-friendly speculative office development.

Jonathan Hill, Chairman of Scott Brownrigg, said, “With the successful achievement of BREEAM “excellent” for 3 Assembly Square, Scott Brownrigg and its in house sustainability team are proud to be associated with another leading sustainable office development, reinforcing our commitment to designing highly efficient buildings and places which positively contribute to the environmental challenges we all face.”

3 Assembly Square was designed by Scott Brownrigg in conjunction with Arup and will incorporate state-of-the-art sustainable technologies and systems, including the delivery of a biomass boiler - unusual within an urban context - multi-service active chilled beams, enhanced insulation and rainwater harvesting.

The focus of the building is the full height glazed atrium which incorporates a feature staircase and lifts.  These have been designed to maximise panoramic views across Cardiff Bay.  The atrium will house artwork that the local authority has designated as public art.  A sculpture by Claire Morgan entitled “Pressure makes diamonds,” which draws on the area’s coal mining history, will be suspended from the ceiling. 

The building is due for completion in June 2009 and will be followed by further office developments in the area by the Cardiff Bay Partnership.

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