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We recently completed our Energy and Sustainability work on the The Officers’ House and the Royal Carriage Factory at the historic Royal Arsenal site in Woolwich. We conducted three different types of BREEAM assessment on the Grade II listed buildings, each assessment bespoke to the works being conducted, achieving Excellent for the refurbished dwellings, Good for the Refurbished commercial units and Very Good for the new commercial units.

Where possible, building features from the Officer’s House were refurbished and retained, however extensive water damage meant that most of the interior timber had to be replaced with FSC or PEFC certified timber. Various initiatives were implemented to reduce waste during construction and ensure the principles of circular economy were implemented, including using recycled aggregates; reusing the original bricks and sending pallets and packaging back with the suppliers for reuse.

Fabric energy efficiency was significantly improved and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery installed to ensure good internal air quality. The buildings are connected to the low carbon district heating network which achieves approximately a 40% reduction in carbon emissions compared to the Building Regulation baseline.