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Bradford student accommodation complex awarded 'highest ever' BREEAM rating

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Education, Environment, Housing

Bradford student accommodation complex awarded 'highest ever' BREEAM rating Bradford student accommodation complex awarded 'highest ever' BREEAM rating

A complex of student accommodation in Bradford is proving to be one of the greenest in the world.

The £30 million project in West Yorkshire has been awarded the highest ever BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) rating.

BREEAM is a measure of how green the methods and materials used in the project are and the buildings were given a groundbreaking score of 95.05%.

As well as being the first multi-residential building in the UK to be awarded the "Outstanding" standard, it is one of only 15 around the world.

The green accommodation was built by GB Building Solutions on The Green at Bradford University and contains 1,026 bedrooms spread across six and seven storey apartment blocks and four storey townhouses.

GB worked with Balfour Beatty Engineering Services to deliver the project in 84 weeks. Despite having to face up to one of the worst winters of recent times, the project was delivered on time for Listerhills Limited, a venture between Welbeck Land and the Hayaat Group.

Martin Smout, chairman and chief executive of GB Building Solutions, said: "This has been a ground breaking scheme that has resulted in significant positive learning.

"While everyone involved in the student village had experience of working on environmentally sustainable buildings prior to this one, The Green reached new levels, where every aspect of the design and build was maximised to have minimum impact on the environment both during construction and during the life of the building.

"GB has definitely gained learning on this scheme that will be taken forwards to all other projects on which we work."

In order to make the project as green as its name, sustainable construction methods such as recycled aggregates were used by GB throughout.

The project makes up part of the Bradford Learning Quarter, which is being transformed to attract tenants from the health, fitness, private nursery and retail sectors.

Copyright Press Association 2011


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