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Kier on sustainability and energy efficiency in Regent Street, London

Morley House on Regent Street London (pre BDP's green landscaping interventions) - courtesy MSMR Architects, who carried out the extensive interior design re-modelling for The Crown Estate

Future Cities Forum is continuing its sustainability series up to COP 26, featuring measures that create healthy places for people to shop and work in our towns and cities.

Recently we included Regent Street, London in our forum discussions showcasing BDP's public realm work for Westminster City Council and the Crown Estate to increase the biodiversity of this famous shopping street.

Now we are pleased to report that Kier has reached 'BREEAM' standards for improving energy efficiency in its redevelopment of the 1924 Morley House, as part of The Crown Estate's ongoing investment in Regent Street.

The Grade II listed facades were retained whilst delivering a new core to the building, improving energy efficiency and achieving a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating. The new development provides 1,021 square metres of high-quality retail space on ground and basement levels, as well as 44 new homes for market rent which will go on sale later this year.

The project has consisted of demolition behind a complex facade retention system, removing and storing the existing stonework facade and shopfronts for reuse.

Both The Crown Estate and Kier's commitment to sustainability and local community engagement were evident with Morley House achieving the equal highest Considerate Constructors Scheme score ever recorded in London and a high level of energy efficiency.

'Breathe' panels were installed throughout the redevelopment along Little Portland Street to absorb Nitrogen Dioxide, Sulphur Dioxide and benzene molecules from particles in the air. This enabled the team to measure emissions and through this, the project team to measure emissions and through this, they were able to offset over 25 tonnes of CO2 through tree planting.

David McKenzie, managing director at Kier Regional Building London and South East, said:

'We are delighted to have handed over another successful residential project, which demonstrates our capability in safely delivering a high quality product with bespoke solutions for retained and heritage elements, to our client The Crown Estate.

'This project is testament to the team who have shown unrivalled levels of expertise and innovation throughout a particularly complex redevelopment project on a tight central London footprint. It also showcases our commitment to achieving our sustainability goals and helping our clients to achieve their own sustainability aspirations through the projects we deliver.'

Join Future Cities Forum's 'Sustainable Cities' event on 6th July to be part of this exciting discussion series leading up to the international conference COP26 in November this year.


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