news from BRE

published: 29/6/2012

Setting the Standard for Green

Eight of the most sustainable new buildings in Wales received BREEAM Awards on 29 June at the 2012 Constructing Excellence in Wales Awards at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff.

‘These buildings showcase genuine sustainability and represent some of the best examples of sustainable design and construction in the UK and the world,’ said BRE Wales Director Nick Tune when introducing the Awards. ‘They have all been independently assessed and certified as achieving at least BREEAM Excellent ratings.’   

The winning developments range from schools and research facilities to television studios, and are widely distributed throughout Wales. ‘The Awards follow another exciting year of progress for BREEAM,’ said Nick, ‘with the first completed certifications to the BREEAM 2011 Standard starting to come through, and work now underway on the next update to ensure that BREEAM continues to evolve and drive sustainability in the built environment.’

The eight BREEAM Awards Wales winning developments are:

BREEAM Bespoke Award – Crownbridge School, Croesyceiliog

Crownbridge School provides special educational needs teaching and learning for pupils with a range of physical and learning disabilities. Click here for more information.

Client: Torfaen Council and Crownbridge School

Architect: Powell Dobson Architects

Contractor: Kier Western and Wales Construction

BREEAM assessor: Michael Cox and Company Ltd. 


BREEAM Multi-Residential Award – Mountain Halls, University of Glamorgan

The new Mountain Halls development on the Treforest campus provides 476, purpose built student residences. Click here for more information.

Client: University of Glamorgan

Architect: Boyes Rees Architects

Contractor: VINCI Construction UK

BREEAM assessor: McCann & Partners: Legacy – McCann Sustainability


BREEAM Schools – Neyland CP School

This 356-pupil primary school incorporates an early year’s unit, community areas and a community-donated multi-use games area. Click here for more information.

Client: Pembrokeshire Education Department

Architect: Maria Jones

Contractor: Dawnus Construction

BREEAM assessor: Pembrokeshire County Council.


BREEAM Education: Further Education – CAM Extension, Coleg Menai

The CAM (Canolfan Arloesi Menai) Extension at the Anglesey campus, provides further education in the skills required for students to work in the energy sector. Click here for more information.

Client: Coleg Menai

Architect: Lend Lease design

Contractor: Anwyl Construction Company Ltd

BREEAM assessor: RSK Group plc.


BREEAM Education: Higher Education – Hadyn Ellis Building

Cardiff University’s Hadyn Ellis Medical Research Facility will house state-of-the-art facilities in a highly sustainable building. Click here for more information.

Client: Cardiff University Estates

Architects:  Nightingale Associates

Contractor: BAM.

BREEAM assessor: Morgan Sindall Professional Services Ltd.


BREEAM Healthcare – Institute of Life Science, Phase 2, Swansea University

This five-storey clinical research and trials facility has been developed to deliver a sustainable building within the constraints of an environment suitable for clinical research. Click here for more information.

Client: Swansea University

Architect: Powell Dobson Architects

Contractor: Leadbitter Group

BREEAM assessor: AECOM.


BREEAM Industrial – BBC Roath Lock, Porth Teigr

BBC Roath Lock houses the new BBC Wales production studios for programmes that include Dr Who, Casualty, Pobol y Cwm and Upstairs Downstairs. Click here for more information.

Client: igloo Regeneration, the Welsh Government and the BBC

Architect: FAT Ltd and Holder Mathias Architects

Contractor: VINCI Construction UK

BREEAM assessor: Ove Arup and Partners.


BREEAM Offices – Countryside Council for Wales Headquarters

The Countryside Council for Wales Headquarters building in Bangor reflects the sustainability ethos of the organisation. Click here for more information.

Client: Planehouse Limited

Architect: Watkin Jones Group

Contractor: Watkin Jones Group

BREEAM assessor: Carpenter Davies Partnership Ltd.

Press enquiries: SIMON GUY, +44(0)1923 664305, Photos of the BREEAM Award winning buildings can be provided. For further information on BREEAM, go to

Notes for Editors

1 BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the world’s foremost design and assessment method for sustainable buildings, with over 200,000 buildings certified and over a million registered for certification since it was launched in 1990. BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building’s environmental performance. Credits are awarded in nine categories according to performance. These credits are then added together to producea single overall score on a scale of Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding which is also reflected in a star rating from 1 to 5 stars

2 The BREEAM Awards for Wales are made annually to the highest scoring building assessments certified under BREEAM Schemes in Wales in the 12 months prior to the end of March 2012. To be considered for an award a BREEAM assessment must have achieved at least an ‘Excellent’ rating.

3 BRE Global Limited (incorporating LPCB & BREEAM) is an independent third party approvals body offering certification of fire, security and sustainability products and services to an international market. BRE Global’s mission is to ‘Protect People, Property and the Planet’ and is part of the BRE Group under the BRE Trust, the registered research and education charity. For further information please contact: BRE Global, Bucknalls Lane, Watford, UK, WD25 9XX, Tel: +44 (0)1923 664100, Fax: +44 (0)1923 664910, Email: or visit