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Three Pancras Square given highest Breeam score at design stage

A public building designed by Bennetts Associates for Camden Council in north London has been awarded a BREEAM Outstanding rating at the design stage.  

The 13-storey building at Three Pancras Square in Kings Cross will contain a leisure centre, library, a cafe and offices while achieving carbon emissions 50% lower than required by building regulations.

It is expected to cost around £123 million including land, fees and development costs.

Environmental features include angled cladding to provide solar shading, natural ventilation and light, a brown roof and an intelligent building management system.

Peter Fisher, associate director at Bennetts Associates, said: “Camden’s building at Pancras Square has achieved a BREEAM Outstanding rating through rigorously integrating the ‘green’ features with the structure.

“These simple passive design measures include maximising daylight, solar shading to help control internal temperatures and an energy-efficient hybrid ventilation system.”

Construction is due to be completed in 2014, when Camden Council will move in from older inefficient properties reducing its carbon emissions by an estimated 64%.

Theo Blackwell, cabinet member for finance, said: “We are able to fund this new facility through selling old buildings which are expensive to maintain and inefficient to run.

“By moving to a building which is much more energy efficient we will not only be able to achieve long-term financial savings but be much more environmentally friendly too.”

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