BREEAM Awards 2016 shortlist - voting is now closed

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The BREEAM Awards recognise and reward the highest scoring BREEAM certified buildings each year. Here are the fantastic buildings on the shortlists from countries all over Europe.

Offices - New

The Edge, Amsterdam

The Edge

Located in Amsterdam, the building achieved a BREEAM NL New Construction certification of 'Outstanding'. OVG worked in close partnership with the building’s principle occupier, leading global professional services firm Deloitte. By employing innovative smart technology, the 40,000 square metres (430,000 square foot) Grade A office building achieved a score of 98.36%.

Noda, Paris


Noda has all the innovative facilities one might expect for a modern, sustainable office building, like geothermal energy, wind turbines, solar lighting, water recycling, cool beams, solar thermal hot water and digital equipment (for the Building Management System, security, and public areas). It reflects the 3 S's of developer Wereldhave's values - Sustainable, Social & Secure. Noda achieved a BREEAM Outstanding rating. It was recently acquired by investors Primonial.

Torsplan, Stockholm


Torsplan phase 2 (office) is in the new city district of Hagastaden in central Stockholm, Sweden. This was previously an industrial area and NCC is the first company to develop within the area. When Hagastaden is completed, the city district will be one of the most prominent life science clusters in the world. There will also be room for housing, companies and green areas, all of which will create a vibrant downtown district. The building will contribute to the new site in several ways. The retail premises complement the office space with the various services, such as a gym, a grocery store, restaurants and a garage.

Greendale, Moscow


For the new office project Greendale, developers O1 Properties committed to achieve the highest possible BREEAM rating as a part of their marketing strategy. Reduction of environmental and social impact of the development had become an important part of the project strategy. The building is located in Mariina Roschia area of Moscow and will create a new business destination. External areas of the building with leisure and recreational facilities will be open to public and local communities.

White Collar Factory, London

White Collar factory

White Collar Factory, developed and owned by Derwent London, is located in the heart of London's Tech City on the corner of Old Street Roundabout. The building is a 16-storey speculative office development, designed for multiple tenancies with communal areas including a café, rooftop running track and terrace, as well as a new public open space – Old Street Yard. The inspiration for the White Collar Factory was the success of Derwent’s portfolio of regenerated early 20th-century industrial buildings.

Offices - Refurbishment & Fit-Out

Le Cap, Paris

Le Cap

The Le Cap refurbishment project was chosen for its capacity to fit exactly with Wereldhave's values – the 3 S's Sustainable-Social-Secure. It has all the innovative facilities one might expect for a new reference for modern sustainable office building, such as reversible heat pumps, solar lighting, water recycling, cool beams, digital equipment (for the BMS, security and public areas). The building was recently acquired by AVIVA Investors.

Noda Fit-Out, Paris

Noda Fit-Out

The sustainable features of the building particularly echoed with Coca-Cola France CSR policy: geothermal energy, wind turbines, solar lighting, water recycling, cool beams, solar thermal hot water and digital equipment. Noda embodies the "wellbeing at work" approach developed by Coca-Cola France. A roof deck with vegetable garden accessible to occupants, restaurant areas, common area with tables including a panel control for Deezer playing music, a vast bar, an outdoor resting area with Fatboy© chairs are one of the many areas encouraging occupants to meet.

Central Bank of Ireland

Central Bank of Ireland

The new headquarters of the Central Bank of Ireland (CBOI) is set in Dublin’s financial district overlooking the River Liffey and is served by extensive public transport networks. The key sustainability goals for the Bank were to provide a building that was energy efficient, had low operating costs with a healthy and ambient indoor environment for the future occupants. CBOI has a strong sustainability ethos and wanted to find a suitable sustainability assessment framework that would guide them through a holistic route to achieving their goal of a sustainable, high performing, energy efficient building.

The Hub, London

The Hub

Broadgate Estates enables remarkable places and spaces to perform. For 25 years it has managed many of London's most prestigious buildings, estates and developments. The property's floorplate puts social cohesion first. The Hub, as it is now familiarly known, is naturally sub-divided into three zones for meeting, working and socialising. From this great canvas, the design team took Broadgate Estates' brief of 'boardroom to yoga class' and created a natural working environment which balances wellbeing and organisational effectiveness in equal measure.

8-10 Berkeley Square, Bristol

8-10 Berkeley Square

University of Bristol, 8-10 Berkeley Square, is BREEAM assessed as part of the University's policy that that all of its' major project should be BREEAM assessed. It is a way to ensure that sustainability is an integral part of the future estate for years to come.

Offices - In-Use

Carré Vert, Paris

Carré Vert

Carré Vert is the first building in the world to achieve a rating of Outstanding under BREEAM New Construction, and then to go on to achieve the same rating under BREEAM In-Use. Its success in the design and construction aspects of BREEAM and now in management and operation relies on a close partnership between the building's owner, Wereldhave, tenants Electricité de France (EDF) and their advisors Greenaffair.

ABN AMRO Bank HQ, Amsterdam

ABN Amro Bank HQ

ABN AMRO is a major Dutch and international bank with big ambitions in the field of sustainability. In particular, ABN are committed to setting an example when it comes to improving the sustainability of the built environment in the Netherlands. The bank’s HQ houses 6600+ employees in Amsterdam's Zuidas business district. In 2012, ABN AMRO put their then 13-year-old HQ building through the BREEAM-NL In-Use certification process. This helped set a baseline measurement upon which subsequent sustainability improvements have been based. The building was re-certified in 2015.

River Plaza, Paris

River Plaza

Located in the Asnières suburb of Paris, owners KKR and asset managers Cleaveland wanted to respond to the growing demand for better quality workspace. Together with consultants Astrance they used BREEAM to help create a more attractive space for current and potential tenants. This includes improving land use and ecology, a new waste minimisation regime and a review of workstations to optimise tenants' working conditions.

Olimpia Business Center, Cluj

Olimpia Business Center

Convinced that enhancing the sustainability of existing buildings can help them compete successfully in a tough international market, the owners decided to put their money where their mouth is and undergo through a BREEAM In-Use certification in 2013. After the initial certification, and a very Good rating, the owner used this as a benchmark to continually increase the performance of the building. Olimpia Business Center is now certified as BREEAM In-Use Excellent and is fully occupied by major multinational companies.

New City I, Warsaw

New City I

New City I was acquired by Hines Global REIT in 2013, and since then it has been managed by Hines Polska. The property is an office building with services, retail units and amenities on the ground floor. The majority of the tenants belong to the service industry. The asset was constructed in 2010 and it delivers a modern workplace for more than 3000 people each day. The property is situated in the centre of Mokotów, Warsaw's largest office district, with excellent visibility and unrivalled transport links with the city centre, highways and Warsaw's Chopin International Airport.

Retail In-Use

Chodov Shopping Centre, Prague

Chodov Shopping Centre

Centrum Chodov is one of the largest shopping centres in Prague (61,000 m² GLA). Unibail-Rodamco has acquired the asset in 2005. The shopping centre has over 200 retail units in which annually approximately 13 million visitors come to shop. A global sustainability policy has been set in 2008 at Unibail-Rodamco. One of the main targets for the standing managed portfolio is to obtain a BREEAM In-Use certification for at least 80% of the managed retail portfolio with a minimum of ‘Very Good’ for Asset (part 1) and 'Excellent' for building management (part 2) score by 2016.

Kanyon, Istanbul


Kanyon is an innovative, mixed-use property development offering a healthy, satisfying and modern lifestyle in the heart of Istanbul. Inaugurated in May 2006, one of European's largest multifunctional centres, Kanyon is an equal share joint venture between Eczacibasi Pharmaceutical and Industrial Investment and ISŸ Real Estate Investment Trust. Several well-known national and international companies were involved in this $200 million project, including Jerde Partnership International, Tabanlioglu Architects, Arup Engineering and Tepe Construction.

Qwartz Shopping Centre, Paris

Qwartz Shopping Centre

Qwartz is a regional shopping centre. It opened in April 2014 and it is a flagship project for Altarea Cogedim, a leading property group. It aims to offer a new shopping experience, using various innovations. By putting digital technologies at the heart of the customer experience, Qwartz is reinventing the way we shop in a truly exceptional environment. In this bright setting that opens up onto the River Seine, innovative services have been designed to offer visitors an entirely new connected experience.

Citymall Almere

Citymall Almere

Citymall Almere is the largest Unibail-Rodamco shopping centre in The Netherlands. Unibail-Rodamco acquired the asset in 2002. The shopping centre has 130 retail units and welcomes approximately 10 million visitors per year. BREEAM helps achieve the environmental objectives because it gives a clear and objective canvas that Unibail-Rodamco translated in its sustainable management policies and procedures.

Aéroville, Paris


Aéroville was opened to public in 2014 and is located close to Charles de Gaulle Airport. Unibail-Rodamco owns 100% of the asset. The site is open seven days a week. It comprises of some 200 boutiques, 83,300 m², including several medium sized units, 30 restaurants and a cinema. In 2015, Aéroville became one of the first shopping centres to be BREEAM In-Use certified with Excellent (part 1) and Outstanding (part 2) scores.

Retail - New

Torsplan, Stockholm


Torsplan is a commercial property with office and retail space in which both parts are certified according to BREEAM with an Outstanding level for the office part and an Excellent level for the retail part. Torsplan phase 2 is a partnering project between the developer, the lead contractor and the building services contractors. Despite being a developer and not a long-term owner, NCC chose BREEAM certification as it is the most demanding, diverse and challenging environmental assessment method available.

L'avenue83, Toulon


The project undergoing BREEAM certification is the 51,000 sq metre shopping and leisure centre, called "L'avenue83". It was designed as a real shopping street with a high quality architecture by Jean-Michel Wilmotte. The stores are articulated around two axes: the Université Avenue and an open air mall. It is a true urban walk with a high quality landscaping project.


Filwood Green Business Park, Bristol

Filwood Green Business Park

Achieving BREEAM 'Outstanding for the Filwood Green Business Park was not only one of the ambitions of Bristol as European Green Capital 2015 but also a way to increase tenant attraction and retention. Opened in May 2015, the £10.5 million development is a new sustainable workplace located in Knowle West, Bristol. The facility provides 3,700m2 of flexible, reconfigurable high quality workshop and office accommodation with the potential to create up to 350 new jobs.

Bentley Works, Doncaster

Bentley Works

Bentley Works is Skanska UK's engineering and manufacturing facility situated 3km north of Doncaster, South Yorkshire. The 7.5 hectare site has been used by Skanska for over a century and was in need of redevelopment and modernization. Skanska redeveloped Bentley Works into a state-of-the-art facility to provide high quality engineering, manufacturing and pre-fabrication services for various Skanska operating units working throughout the construction industry.

DC1 Prologis Park, Dunstable

DC1 Prologis Park

DC1, Prologis Park Dunstable, Boscombe Road, Dunstable is a 310,000 sq. ft. (28,808 m2) distribution centre. The building was constructed speculatively by Prologis as the first phase of a development designed to regenerate an urban brownfield site. The building is owned by Prologis and was let shortly after completion to Amazon, which initially created 500 new jobs for the town. In line with the company's global commitment to sustainability, all new Prologis buildings in the UK are designed and constructed to be environmentally sustainable.

Distributiecentrum NewLogic II, Tilburg

Distributiecentrum NewLogic II

The newly built NewLogic II distribution centre was completed on Vossenberg West II Industrial Estate in Tilburg. The choice of a location near the container terminal on the new industrial estate makes a positive choice, integrating into the local environment and creating reduced CO2 usage in the transport sector. Developer Dokvast invests in sustainable logistical real estate. Working with the client to create a healthy working environment and carbon-neutral building.

ECOstyle Warehouse, Oosterwolde

ECOstyle Warehouse

ECOstyle develops ecologically responsible products for soil, plants and animals for private and professional applications. They do so through the philosophy of sustainability, innovation and knowledge forming the foundation of entrepreneurship. The company has almost 100 employees and operates in a number of European countries, and has done so for almost 50 years. When ECOstyle needed to expand their premises, it was clear to the owners Zwart Family that the new building would not be a standalone development, but would include a wider vision of sustainable growth and its surroundings.

Mixed Use and Other

Five Pancras Square, London

Five Pancras Square

From the outset of the project, the team agreed an ambitious brief to ultimately deliver an exemplar sustainable and energy efficient building. This was to be a civic building this was uplifting, spatially diverse, and enduring, whilst also being economically efficient and push the boundaries of sustainability on a constrained urban site.

Bright Building, University of Bradford

Bright Building

The Bright Building is the pinnacle of sustainable construction, providing a shining example in the region and across the construction sector. A centre for research and rethinking the future, this innovative solution demonstrates what can be achieved with sustainable development, enriching the University’s relationship with business, academics, environmentalists and local schools.

University of Hertfordshire Phase 1 Student Accommodation

University of Hertfordshire Phase 1 Student Accommodation

Phase 1 of the project provides 780 new modern student accommodation units, along with an eye‐catching two‐storey central student hub. The hub houses a common function room, gym, reception area and central Facilities Management (FM) services. A state of the art energy centre is furthermore being built as part of an innovative heating and power system. This will help deliver a True Zero Carbon development in operation, taking into account both regulated and unregulated energy usage.

University of Hertfordshire Phase 2 Student Accommodation

University of Hertfordshire Phase 2 Student Accommodation

Phase 2 of the project provides 1,003 new modern student accommodation units. A state of the art energy centre is furthermore being built as part of an innovative heating and power system. This will help deliver a True Zero Carbon development in operation, taking into account both regulated and unregulated energy usage.

United States Embassy, London

United States Embassy

The new US Embassy in London was designed to reflect the core values of democracy – transparency, openness, and equality – while being welcoming, secure, and highly sustainable. Located in Nine Elms, the new building houses diplomatic and consular offices of the US Department of State. Through this project, the State Department embraced a new paradigm in embassy design, taking an integrated approach to site, systems, landscape, and place to demonstrate exceptional environmental leadership that is at or beyond the leading edge of practice.


La Toison d'Or Apartments, Brussels

La Toison d'Or Apartments

Le Toison d’Or is a hybridisation of a traditional building-block typology and a mixed-use development with a retail podium. Located on the Avenue de la Toison d'Or between two historical gates (the Porte Louise and the Port de Namur), the mixed-use complex integrates into the urban fabric of its surroundings, whilst simultaneously merging a retail and residential programme.

Courtauld Road, London

Courtauld Road

This mixed tenure design and build scheme involving the challenging refurbishment of a Victorian warehouse in Islington, London, together with the new build of four further residential blocks to provide 52 new dwellings, in a mix of social rented and private properties. Accommodation varies from one to four bedrooms, across three to five storeys.

South Bank Tower, London

South Bank Tower

South Bank Tower is a mixed use development in the heart of London's reviving South Bank. It provides a dynamic destination for retail, offices and 191 luxury residential apartments. The 66,000 m2 development of an existing building comprises basement service and car parking levels, a 41 floor Tower building, and a 9 floor podium building with roof gardens.

The Lincolns, London

The Lincolns

Set within the Bloomsbury Conservation Area of London these four existing Victorian buildings on the busy Grays Inn Road were completely reconstructed to produce 16 high quality apartments. It is a classic example of how run down and inefficient building stock can be given a new lease of life and meet today’s need for sustainable living.

Villa Moraira, Alicante

Villa Moraira

Villa Morairia is a demonstration that it is possible to achieve both BREEAM and Passivhaus certification, and that both schemes generate synergies, are complementary and enhance the result. It is a great achievement for a small family-run business, DICAM, with limited resources for so ambitious projects. "Being a small company, we are taking giant steps" they say.

Education & Health

Wimbledon Arts Studio

Wimbledon Arts Studio

Wimbledon College of Art, part of the University of the Arts London (UAL), is located within the Merton Hall Conservation area in Wimbledon. The existing buildings on the site range in age and quality but as a whole are an enjoyable, informal and well-used gathering places. Operating across two sites, the College’s key objectives were to provide new studio facilities that would make more efficient use of the main campus; focus their teaching to one location; and improve the appearance of the site by replacing a number of temporary structures with a new building.

UEA Enterprise Centre, Norwich

UEA Enterprise Centre

The Enterprise Centre is the new home for the Adapt Low Carbon Group, created to assist start-up firms that have grown from the umbrella of the UEAs (University of East Anglia) world-class environmental science programmes. From the outset, the client brief was simple and clear – to provide a facility that is an exemplar of sustainability. The client has been the driving force in this unique building's low-carbon aspirations, which besides striving for stringent certification, also put huge emphasis on the sourcing of local and East Anglian materials.

South Lanarkshire College Low Carbon Teaching Building, East Kilbride

South Lanarkshire College

The project is located in the existing campus of South Lanarkshire College in East Kilbride. The College vision is to be the 'leading provider of college education and training' and they work towards this goal by empowering students and staff with the mantra 'now is your time'.

Energy Safety Research Institute, Swansea University

Energy Safety Research Institute

The Energy Safety Research Institute is a unique centre of research innovation, facilitating ground-breaking work into the safe deployment of renewable energy solutions and is the UK’s first dedicated centre for research into energy safety. It places Swansea at the heart of an international research network focused on areas such as marine technology, advanced water treatment and nanotechnology.

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

The University of Edinburgh's desire was that ECCI would be designed to achieve an exceptionally low energy demand, in particular given that it is the refurbishment of an existing and fully listed building. This project has been a significant achievement, maintaining the balance between environmental concerns, conservation issues, access and other user requirements.

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