Recent development has made significant inroads toward achieving sustainable buildings. But the space around those buildings that makes a community has been largely ignored. Working with BRE Global, Stockholm-based developer Diligentia will use the new BREEAM Communities 2012 to improve the sustainability of new communities.
Diligentia will use BREEAM Communities on“Kabeln” (The Cable), a 6.3 hectare mixed-use development encompassing offices, retail space and residential dwellings in Sundbyberg.
Helen Pineo, BREEAM Communities Manager, says: “This is Diligentia’s second masterplan to undertake certification under this scheme. BREEAM Communities is becoming an increasingly powerful assessment method worldwide, giving the developer and local planning authorities confidence that they are designing and constructing sustainably. This is important for the communities who will live in new developments and reap the benefits of a well designed neighbourhood.”
Anna Barosen, BREEAM Communities project leader for Diligentia, says: “BREEAM Communities certification provides us with an ideal opportunity to not only review, but also ensure we are using international best practise in the design of our communities in Sweden. For us (Diligentia), BREEAM Communities standard for both our Masthusen and Sundbyberg projects provides the ability to assess a wide range of sustainability issues within the same project. I would recommend all developments undergo such a process.”
Diligentia plan to develop the site over the next 10 years to become “a dynamic neighbourhood in the future of Sundbyberg, a place of inspiration and new thinking.” The goal is to develop Kabeln and its surrounding area into a modern and active neighbourhood with a mix of jobs, housing and local services. BREEAM Communities will be used to ensure the area achieves its goals to be “alive both day and night, feel safe, accessible and welcoming” in a sustainable way.
This will be an integral part of Sundbyberg’s city centre whilst maintaining its own strong identity that emphasises its cultural history. The site has been an industrial area since 1897, starting as a horseshoe nail factory and later becoming a cable factory. Diligentia purchased the factory buildings in 1982 and converted them into offices and light industrial buildings to meet the changing needs of businesses in the area.
To reflect the history of the site in the new development, new buildings will be constructed in the same form as the existing buildings, using clean and simple materials such as red brick, glass and concrete. Touches of modern design will be added to give the developments a modern feel. BRE Global will be monitoring the project and producing case study material on the BREEAM website.
For more information on BREEAM Communities go to www.breeam.org/communities
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