100 Cheapside first shell and core building in the UK to achieve LEED Platinum status

100 Cheapside in London EC2 has been awarded the prestigious Platinum certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), making it the first ‘shell and core’ building in the UK to receive this status. The building has also been awarded BREEAM Excellent under BREEAM New Construction 2011: Offices.

Joint venture partners CarVal Investors, Orion Capital Managers, the City of London Corporation and Quadrant Estates employed multi-disciplinary engineering consultant Hilson Moran to design the building services and provided sustainability consultancy services – including BREEAM and LEED assessments.

The development includes a number of energy saving measures which contributed to it receiving the accreditation. These include energy recovery on the ventilation system, exemplary levels of air tightness, high performance façade insulation and daylight-linked lighting controls.

Chris Birch, Director of Sustainability at Hilson Moran, said:

“To receive a Platinum accreditation is a credit to the Hilson Moran team and to all who have worked on this project. Sustainability is a fundamental element for all building design and we strive to deliver solutions by blending engineering expertise, advanced simulation technology, creativity and practicality from the start – this is a prime example of our competencies.”

Designed by EPR Architects, 100 Cheapside is an architecturally striking building located in the heart of London’s square mile which provides 86,616 sq ft of Grade A office space over nine upper storeys with a stunning roof terrace on the top floor. The building is now owned by Standard Life.

LEED, which originated in the USA, is claimed to be the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Based on the number of points that a project accrues, one of four LEED rating levels can be achieved, platinum being the highest.