We were particularly keen to have a City centre presence and are pleased that we have gained this in a brand new quality building constructed to a high specification with impressive environmental features. It is good news for our staff and clients.
Alistair Lang – Chief Executive Officer, Birketts LLP
Building design, construction and occupancy can result in high energy usage, large quantities of waste, poor occupancy comfort and low user satisfaction. To address these concerns, and in order to deliver office space of the highest environmental standard, new buildings at St James Place will be assessed according to the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). Applying best practice to the social, environmental and economic issues that are reflected in a BREEAM assessment, Jarrold & Sons are able to deliver as standard at St James Place, buildings that meet BREEAM “very good” rating. Building D1, let to Defra, achieved “excellent”, the highest available assessment. Such an accreditation is awarded to developments where CO2 emissions are minimised, water and other resources are efficiently used in the construction and occupancy of buildings, ecology is protected and pollution is addressed.
In the process, lifecycle costs are reduced and the quality of the working environment is maximised. In an era of greater environmental awareness and recognition that development must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, BREEAM accreditation is an important statement of a company’s sustainability credentials, a benefit already recognised by organisations committed to St James Place.