Elliott’s Field achieves double world first

Published:  22 June, 2017

BREEAM outstanding rating for world’s first carbon neutral shopping park

Hammerson’s Elliott’s Field Phase II in Rugby has achieved two sustainability world firsts, having been awarded an interim Outstanding BREEAM rating in addition to becoming the first shopping park globally designed to be carbon neutral.

Elliott’s Field Phase I, which opened in 2015, achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating, marking the first shopping park in Hammerson’s UK portfolio to receive this accreditation.

Elliott’s Field Phase II has been designed to be carbon neutral in terms of its regulated consumption, with energy efficiency measures reducing the carbon emissions created by such sources as heating, hot water and cooling and on site renewable energy initiatives offsetting the remaining carbon emissions.

Initiatives at Elliott’s Field Phase II include:

  • Passive design features to minimise energy demands including optimised fabric parameters
  • Agreements with retailers to fit out units with energy efficient systems
  • A number of design variations to reduce the embodied carbon emissions including the incorporation of timber to replace steel and aluminum, acting as a carbon sink
  • Installation of a major PV array on the rooftop to offset all remaining regulated emissions
  • Sourcing of materials with environmental accountability
  • Creation of a canal bankside nature area for wildlife to enhance the site’s ecological value

Andrew Berger-North, Director, UK Retail Parks at Hammerson, said, “Elliott’s Field Phase II marks a huge step forward for the business in its Net Positive sustainability objectives, and being credited with two world firsts is a fantastic result, demonstrative of the business’ dedication to its ambitious targets. Phase I set a benchmark for our portfolio and for the industry as a whole, and achieving BREEAM Outstanding for Phase II has made raised the bar even higher. It is clear that with the implementation of forward thinking initiatives, and by encouraging retailers and contractors to get on board, we can achieve exceptional results and make a positive impact.”

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