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St. Johns College Cambridge

Client: Barnes Construction

Location: St. John’s College, University of Cambridge

Size: 1,500m²

Project Start: December 2021

Our Scope: BREEAM AP

The Community Hub at St. John’s College comprised the demolition of the existing 1970s buttery dining room, allowing for the construction of a modern replacement. An area of the Grade-I listed Second Court was refurbished to form a new café and bar space for the College.

The scope of works included the strip out and refurbishment of the existing bar to create a new bar and café. The project comprised the demolition of the existing 1970s buttery dining room, allowing for the construction of a modern replacement. An area of the Grade-I listed Second Court was refurbished to form a new café and bar space for the College. The scheme delivered a BREEAM Excellent rating in a listed building, supporting the wider decarbonisation and future proofing of the college estate.

Envision were appointed by Barnes Construction to act as Site Sustainability Champion/BREEAM AP (Site) to ensure they complied with all their BREEAM obligations and to maximise on site-sustainability. As part of this role, we:

  • Worked with the project team, including the client, to consider the links between BREEAM issues and assist them in achieving and if possible going beyond the design intent, to maximise the project’s performance against the agreed performance targets throughout the Construction, Handover and Close Out stages.
  • Monitored construction progress against the performance targets agreed throughout all stages where decisions critically impact BREEAM performance.
  • Proactively identified risks and opportunities related to the procurement and construction process and the achievement of the targets by design team.
  • Provided feedback to the constructors and the project team as appropriate, to support them in taking corrective actions and achieving their agreed performance targets.
  • Monitored and, where relevant, coordinated the generation of appropriate evidence by the project team and the provision to the assessor.

Envision have extensive experience advising contractor’s on achieving BREEAM and enhancing on-site sustainability. We held dedicated workshop’s with the site team to review the sustainability requirements and to identify areas for improvement. These included:

  • Identifying routes for reducing on-site waste generation;
  • Identifying and implementing biodiversity protection measures
  • Co-ordinating reporting of material quantities for carbon reporting

Envision continue to support a wide range of clients on their on-site sustainability monitoring and reporting.

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