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CIBSE Refurbishment Project of the Year – a new lease on life

A diverse range of buildings for the Building Performance Awards (BPA) 2015 Refurbishment categories (up to and over £5 million in value) were shortlisted by the Chartered Institution for Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). Hoping to have convinced the judges are three commercial buildings, a Grade II listed hotel, a popular London Grade II listed sport and leisure amenity, a domestic properties project and an educational institution.

Refurbishing buildings signifies a viable opportunity to reduce the carbon output which is accountable for almost half of the UK’s CO2 emissions

Refurbishing buildings signifies a viable opportunity to reduce the carbon output which is accountable for almost half of the UK’s CO2 emissions. It is not without its challenges as the thermal performance in older buildings is notoriously difficult to control. Insulation is necessary to contain heat in winter and avoid overheating in summer. However, marrying the old with the new, the UK’s landscape can be preserved while a low carbon design-led approach enhances occupier comfort and supports the country in its efforts to reduce the Carbon Budget by 2050.

Shortlisted for the Refurbishment Project of the Year categories are:

 Over £5m

  • One Embankment Place, London – ChapmanBDSP
  • 61 Lincoln's Inn Field, London  - Elementa Consulting
  • Premier House, Twickenham - Flatt Consulting
  • 123 Victoria Street, London - Land Securities
  • Ironmonger Row Baths, London - Max Fordham

Up to £5m

  • Westborough Academy Zero Carbon Masterplan Refurbishment Project, Westcliff-on-Sea - OR Consulting Engineers
  •  Bowker Street (A Higher Standard of Domestic Refurbishment), Salford - Contour Homes (part of the Symphony Housing Group)

The award recognises the project that most effectively demonstrates outstanding design and refurbishment to achieve high levels of user satisfaction and comfort and improved measured building performance, energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions.

The winner will be announced during the Awards ceremony hosted by CIBSE tonight [10th of February 2015] at the Grosvenor House in London. For more information about this Award and the other Awards categories, please visit www.cibse.org/bpa The CIBSE Building Performance Awards recognise the people, products and projects that demonstrate engineering excellence in the built environment.