5 Pancras Square

Five Pancras Square is the new headquarters for Camden Council, which achieved completion in August 2014. The 13-storey mixed use property includes office accommodation, a library, an access centre and leisure centre facilities, including two swimming pools, a fitness suite and studios. The building was awarded a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, having achieved the highest BREEAM score of 97.6% for a building of this type in the UK.

Key Facts

Scope of service: Building Services and BREEAM version: Bespoke BREEAM 2008

Location: Londyn

Client: London Borough of Camden

Period: 2012 - 2014

Role: The Building Services Consultants, BREEAM Accredited Professional and BREEAM Assessor for the project.

Project Description

Sweco’s building services specialists played a key role in establishing a detailed client brief which outlined Camden Council’s operational and functional requirements, as well as setting ambitious sustainability and energy efficiency targets. It was a planning requirement that the 22,500 m² building achieved a minimum rating of BREEAM ‘Excellent’. However, Sweco’s BREEAM Accredited Professionals were influential in persuading Camden Council, the developer and project team that a Bespoke BREEAM Outstanding would be possible.

Using sophisticated modelling techniques, we assisted the project team to appreciate the natural daylight benefits of the buildings’ central atrium at the upper levels of the building and to develop the façade design at the lower floors to supplement the atrium daylight. These passive measures in conjunction with an energy efficient ventilation system and an innovative modular central cooling system, adaptive control methodologies and connection to the King’s Cross Central low carbon district heating network resulted in overall carbon emissions 50% lower than the 2010 Building Regulation target.