City centre development to be part of pioneering project

Developer and asset manager, MEPC, has joined Better Buildings Partnership to deliver the first Pioneer Project in Yorkshire, setting a new sustainability benchmark for the region.

Aiming to change the way new office developments are designed in the UK for the better, the Design for Performance initiative focuses on minimising the energy consumption of the building during operation, by addressing the performance gap between the assumed energy consumption at design stage and actual consumption.

As a Pioneer Project, 11 & 12 Wellington Place will implement the Design for Performance approach, as well as supporting the overall programme with the Better Buildings Partnership, delivering 245,000 sq. ft of target BREEAM outstanding office, retail and leisure space in Leeds city centre.

Paul Pavia, head of development at MEPC, said: “In response to rapidly changing attitudes towards climate change (accelerated by the Covid-19 Pandemic) and our own agenda for responsible investment, we strive to ensure that our buildings achieve best in class performance in terms of sustainability and wellbeing.

“This is why we joined the ‘Design for Performance Pioneer’ project, and we’re proud that 11 & 12 Wellington Place will be the first building in Yorkshire to be part of the scheme. We will deliver the most energy-efficient office building in the city and the energy we do use will be offset through investment in renewable technologies and other environmental initiatives across our portfolio. We are also working with our contractor to identify opportunities to reduce the carbon footprint generated by the construction process and materials used.

“In the current climate, businesses will and should be demanding more from the buildings they choose to operate from, with sustainability and environmental impact being some of the most important factors.”

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