Exemplar BREEAM “excellent” community buildings
Stride Treglown Management were commissioned to conduct BREEAM assessments of Butetown Youth Pavilion and Butetown Community Centre, for Cardiff Council. The new Youth Pavilion replaced the existing Youth Pavilion and increased the buildings footprint by over 280m2 in a site covering over 1380m2. Similarly the new Community Centre covers over 1145m2, replacing the existing Community Centre and increasing the site by over 260m2.
The Youth Pavilion opened in February 2013 and is run by the Councils Youth Service. This two storey development offers exciting new facilities to the community, including a sports hall, dance studio, social area, training rooms and music studio as well as a crèche and kitchen facilities.
The versatile Community Centre opened in 2012 and is managed by the Butetown Community Association. This three storey development provides local clubs, societies, organisations and service provides a space, which can be hired out, for a wide variety of functions to be conducted. Facilities that can be hired out include a café area, kitchen, two large halls, meeting rooms, computer suite, old people’s day centre and a crèche.
These developments were assessed against the BREEAM Bespoke requirements, and at Design Stage and at Post Construction have both been awarded ‘Excellent’ ratings scoring over 70%. Both projects scored full marks for the Waste category, which means that the majority of construction site waste materials has either be re-used on site or recycled. The buildings also have a clear recycling aim and provides users with categorised recyclable waste bins, in order to encourage recycling and ultimately reduce resource use.
Another similarity that the buildings share is the commitment to maintaining ecological value and biodiversity. All recommendations that the Ecologist made for both sites, to protect the Ecological value, have been implemented.
For these developments maintaining ecological value means ensuring locally occurring tree species are planted to encourage birds to nest, once the trees have reached maturity. New planting has also enhanced native and local species numbers which has in turn improved biodiversity for both developments.