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published: 5/3/2013

10 Downing Street leads the way at the BREEAM Awards 2013

10-12 Downing Street, the building complex that includes the home of British Prime Minister, is one of 17 International buildings to receive BREEAM Awards at Ecobuild in London today.  

The Downing Street complex had its sustainability assessed under the BREEAM In-Use scheme for existing buildings, and this year receives a special award for the building that has made the most improvement year-on-year in its BREEAM In-Use performance. Other BREEAM Award winners range from Victorian terrace homes in Manchester and industrial buildings in Wigan, to innovative office and retail developments in Paris, London and Istanbul.

“Statistics released at the end of 2012 for BREEAM suggest that developers and owners are continuing to treat sustainability as a priority, despite the tough economic climate,” says Richard Hardy, Managing Director of BRE Global, which develops and manages BREEAM. “They show that 2012 was a record year for BREEAM registrations and certifications. Since 1998 BREEAM has certified more than 16,000 projects, equating to over 250,000 buildings and in excess of 45 million m2 of floor area.”

“We believe that one of the reasons for this continuing commitment to making buildings more sustainable,” says Hardy, “is the growing evidence that the greater efficiency and quality associated with sustainability is also helping to make such buildings more commercially successful.”

The BREEAM Awards pay tribute to the outstanding skill and determination of the building owners, developers, project teams and assessors who are setting new standards in sustainability. All of the award-winning buildings achieved at least an ‘Excellent’ rating, which requires a BREEAM score of 70% or above, with an increasing number reaching the 85% needed for ‘Outstanding’.

The very wide range of building types receiving awards reflects the expansion of BREEAM from its original focus on new buildings, to existing buildings in-use, refurbishment projects and community level masterplanning. It also reflects BREEAM’s increasing international influence, with buildings in Belgium, France and Turkey receiving awards.

In addition to the building awards, there are also awards for the most successful BREEAM Assessor company, and for individual BREEAM Assessors and BREEAM In-Use Auditors. These acknowledge the vital role that assessors and auditors play in the success of the scheme and the clients and projects that use BREEAM.

In recognition of BREEAM’s growing international presence, a new category of assessor awards, the BREEAM Country First Awards, has been introduced this year. BREEAM Assessors in Bulgaria, China, Greece, Iceland, Lebanon and Malta have been recognised for their pioneering work in those countries.

The winners of the BREEAM 2013 building awards are:



In-Use Special Award

10-12 Downing Street


Armstrong Point, Wigan

Refurbishment Special Award

Bowker Street, Manchester

Fire Station

Carlton Fire Station, Nottingham

International – Offices

Challenger, France

Data centres

Cobalt Data Centre 2, Newcastle


Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen, Bridgend

International – Other Buildings

De Balk van Beel, Leuven


Edge Lane Hospital, Liverpool

Other Buildings

Five Pancras Square, London


Kitchen and VT Workshops,HMP Thameside

In-Use Parts 1 and 2

Kanyon, Istanbul

In-Use International (Pilot)

Le Hive, Paris


One Angel Square, Manchester


Llys Ton Extra Care Centre, Bridgend


Newport Magistrates Court


Waitrose, Bracknell

The winners of the BREEAM 2013 assessor, auditor and country first awards are:



Assessor Company of the Year

McCann & Partners Consulting Engineers

Assessors of the Year

Wendy Lakeof McCann & Partners Consulting Engineers

Wendy McClure of Synergy BSS Ltd

Barry Rankin of GWP Project Services Ltd

In-Use Auditors of the Year

Birgit Memminger-Rieve of ES EnviroSustain

Stefaan Martelof BOPRO

Hans van de Sandenof Grontmij Polska

Country First Awards

Gary Cheung of Ove Arup and Partners (China)

Andreya Momerin of Momerin Ltd (Bulgaria)

Irena Saniuk of BSRIA Limited (Malta)

Pantelis Levantis of Ecoveritas (Greece)

Maya Karkour of EcoConsulting (Lebanon)

Gordon Hudson of Mott MacDonald (Iceland).

Photos of all the winning buildings and assessors can be provided. For further information on the BREEAM Awards, go to For case studies on the award winning buildings click here.


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Notes for Editors

1 BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the world’s foremost design and assessment method for sustainable buildings, with over 250,000 buildings certified and over a million registered for certification since it was first 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 Awards are made annually to the highest scoring building assessments certified under BREEAM schemes in the preceding calendar year. To be considered for an award a BREEAM assessment must have achieved at least an ‘Excellent’ rating and show that the building (for an interim assessment or final construction assessment) has excelled in every environmental category within BREEAM (i.e. from Energy to Ecology). 

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