Celebrations are underway in Cardiff Bay as it is confirmed that Aviva Investors' igloo Fund has achieved the first ever BREEAM Outstanding certificate for an industrial building post-construction in the UK for Roath Lock studios at its Porth Teigr development.
Porth Teigr, which is a joint venture between igloo - an Aviva Investors fund - and the Welsh Government, is a 38-acre area development project on the south side of Roath Basin in Cardiff Bay, currently being transformed into a vibrant, mixed-use and environmentally-sustainable neighbourhood. To date, Porth Teigr has seen the completion of BBC Cymru Wales' purpose-built Roath Lock studios, the new home for flagship shows such as Doctor Who, Casualty, Upstairs Downstairs, and Pobol y Cwm.
BREEAM is the leading environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, and sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation. The BREEAM Outstanding certificate, which has been achieved for BBC Roath Lock studios at Porth Teigr, is the highest BREEAM rating.
Richard Jones, Aviva Investors' Real Estate UK Managing Director and Head of Sustainability says: "Sustainability is a core value at Aviva Investors and igloo is our flagship sustainable real estate fund which focuses on delivering sustainable developments. This achievement at Porth Teigr demonstrates the fantastic progress we're making in this area. As well as benefiting the environment, we believe sustainable projects add value for our investors as they are more attractive to both occupiers and future purchasers."
Welsh Business Minister Edwina Hart welcomed the news and described it as a significant achievement: "Porth Teigr is the last remaining undeveloped waterfront site in Cardiff Bay and a strategically important site that is set to become a vibrant new commercial and residential community. It is therefore excellent news that the very first building on site has been given a BREEAM Outstanding rating. The award recognises the achievements of all those involved in the specification, design and construction of the Roath Lock studios and I congratulate them all.
"This sets the standard for the transformation of Porth Teigr from disused dockland into an environmentally sustainable development with tremendous potential to become a vibrant business and residential location."
This recent achievement sets the tone for the future of the Porth Teigr development, which has already been recognised for its mixed-use scheme by winning the RTPI Wales Planning Award 2011. As with all of igloo's developments, Porth Teigr adheres to igloo's pioneering sustainable investment policy, FootprintR, which assesses 21 criteria across four themes: Regeneration; Environmental; Urban Design; Health, Happiness and Wellbeing.
Environmental sustainability measures introduced on site during the build of Roath Lock studios included, amongst others, minimising site waste by developing a Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) in line with WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme). This led to achievements such as 96% of waste being diverted from landfill, and a 123m x 7m gabion 'Living Wall' being constructed entirely from recycled materials.
Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director, BBC Cymru Wales said: "I'm delighted that our new home for BBC Cymru Wales drama is breaking new ground in sustainable building development. From the very outset, we were determined that Roath Lock should set a new design standard - that we should be as pioneering in our approach to the environment as we are in our drama production. It's great to see that commitment and our investment in sustainability being recognised by BREEAM."
Robert Knight, National Construction Director at igloo, says: "We are absolutely delighted that BBC Wales' Roath Lock studios at Porth Teigr has been rated as BREEAM Outstanding. This is something that the entire development team has been working towards from the very beginning, and the achievement is testament to their hard work and commitment."