Thursday, 3rd January 2019

Temple SECBE Sustainability Excellence Workshop, 22nd January 2019

Temple is delighted to be hosting our annual workshop showcasing excellence in sustainability in conjunction with SECBE. Three finalists from the 2018 Constructing Excellence in the South East (SECBE) Awards will share their knowledge and expertise with presentations as follows:

More details on the featured projects are below. The interactive workshop will involve presentations from the finalists on their achievements, lessons and recommendations for achieving best practice in sustainability and environmental management. There will also be discussion and exercise on sustainable commercial viability in the built environment plus contributions from SECBE on the 2019 awards process and what makes a winning submission.

Time & Date: Tuesday 22nd January 2019 09.30 – 13.00, registration and refreshments at 09.00. See below for programme.

Venue: Temple’s London office, The Woolyard, 52 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UD, 6 mins walk from London Bridge station.

The session is free to attend, although places are limited. Please register your attendance by email to Ellie Holderness:


  • 09.00 – Registration and breakfast
  • 09.30 – Welcome and introductions
  • 09.40 – Presentations from 2018 finalists including Q&A sessions with:
    • James Traynor, Managing Director, ECD architects
    • Tatiana Meakin, Environment Advisor and Eddy Taylor, Environment Leader, Laing O’Rourke
    • Emma Burrell, Environment Network Rail and Isabel Simpson, Costain
  • 11.05 – Coffee break
  • 11.20 – Sustainable commercial viability workshop
  • 12.00 – What makes a winning SECBE Awards submission
  • 12.15 – Wrap up and close
  • 12.20 – Lunch

Featured Projects

Wilmcote House, ECD Architects

This project has successfully delivered the refurbishment of Wilmcote House, an 11-storey residential building in Portsmouth. Built in 1968, the building’s original structure comprised of poorly insulated concrete panels, that led to high heat losses, internal condensation, mould and low internal comfort. Due to the number of residents and size of the building, demolition would have been expensive and complicated therefore refurbishment was evaluated and proposed – the business case for the project demonstrated that over 30 years a deep, low energy refurbishment scheme was cheaper than decanting, demolishing and rebuilding the existing residential development. Key achievements included:

sustainable low energy refurbishment built to meet the stringent EnerPHit standard, the refurbishment equivalent of Passivhaus;

longevity of the existing community could be achieved given that the residents were not required to move out;

super insulation and fabric improvements mean space heating demand has been reduced from an average of 178 to 13 KWh/m2/year, representing actual savings of approximately 90% and in excess of £1,000 per dwelling per year over previous heating bills; and

initial survey results from the last two winters show that the mechanical ventilation with heat recovery is providing a level of warmth which means heating is typically not required.

Oxford Westgate, Laing O’Rourke

The ambition for Oxford Westgate was to deliver the most sustainable retail-led scheme in the UK, whilst ensuring the project remained viable.  A pioneering approach to whole life carbon saw the first 30 years+ of regulated, operational carbon emissions offset, something which had not previously been achieved before in the UK. Overall achievements included:

28,700tCO2e saved through design changes and lean, clean and green measures, equivalent to £7m of solar PV panels;

98% recycled content for steel, cement replacement (GGBS), local sourcing for concrete (8km) and aggregates (23km), 100% recycled content in steel sheet piling;

over 98% of waste diverted from landfill;

centralised air source heating delivered heating and cooling to shops and restaurants avoiding use of natural gas;

digitally managed waste, digitally rehearsed construction. Laing O’Rourke and John Lewis challenged sub-contractors to reduce waste by estimating quantities and identifying minimisation measures;

supply chain sustainability workshop with Supply Chain Sustainability School and OxLEP; and

of the 65 targets, 45 were in the Sustainability Implementation Plan and 20 in the Employment and Skills Plan.

London Bridge Station Redevelopment, Network Rail

London Bridge Station Redevelopment Project is the lynchpin of the Thameslink Programme. It saw a sustainability agenda supported at the top of both the client and principal contractor organisations. Key sustainability achievements included:

a naturally ventilated concourse that does not require heating or air conditioning and creates as much natural lighting as possible generating significant energy savings;

intelligent control escalators that allow reduced energy use during station off-peak hours with annual savings of 36.46 tCO2e and over £9,000 in operational costs;

use of reinforcement steel with 98% recycled content that has delivered a 8,353 tCO2e saving;

transportation of 200,000 tonnes of waste soil by barge resulting in 60% carbon emissions reduction compared to road transport;

development of an Operational Waste Management Plan which increased station recycling rate from 43% to 70-75%;

CEEQUAL score of 94.2% on the station approach and estimated 95% on the main station; and

over 150 community engagements including 29 educational events.