Sustainable design

Sustainable design and collaborative working is at the heart of our approach to become resource and climate positive, and to enhance lives. Our teams assist clients to identify, develop and then achieve their sustainability goals, focusing on issues such as in-use performance and cost effective outcomes over the lifecycle of the building.

Working with our clients to ensure their building's perform

Understanding clients' needs

BAM understand that collaboration is central to delivering a successful project and we work alongside our customers to understand their drivers, such as a need to meet legislative requirements, increase cost savings, enhance their brand or achieve LEED/BREEAM accreditation.

Understanding key drivers to deliver successful projects

Our offerings

Our knowledge and experience in delivering a range of projects means our in-house team of sustainability specialists are there to help each individual project every step of the way, from developing designs, managing the construction process, to supporting customers and building users during a building’s operation. Our integrated approach means we are able to offer innovative solutions which reduce impacts on the environment, improve the experience for end-users, and ensure our buildings perform at a higher level so retain a higher asset value at the end of their life.

An integrated approach allows us to offer innovative solutions 

Taking a long term view

Our sustainable approach extends beyond design and construction. BAM also has a thriving FM business where we support customers and building users during the operational life of buildings. In 2016 BAM Energy installed new solar PV at Ruth Gorse Academy in Leeds, a new school built by our construction division. Reid Cunningham, Strategic Development Director at BAM Energy explains, “The PVs were stipulated in planning permission and therefore crucial for the project to continue – but at a cost of £80,000, they were prohibitive. We were able to remove this upfront investment and transfer it to the future operating costs, which delighted the client."

Long term involvement also helps us to understand how our buildings perform over time and what we can do to improve this. Over 2016 BAM has been growing our building performance offerings. We recruited a specialist Building Performance Manager, have carried out building performance evaluations on some of our buildings, introduced soft landing technicians, and helped to carry out client training sessions.

Growing our building performance offerings

Case studies relating to this topic

Neasden Primary School

Neasden Primary School

A fully prefabricated modular build, the Neasden Primary School houses 280 pupils and a 26 place nursery. The project required demolition of the existing school building and the construction of a new 1,598m2 building, which took just ten days to erect on-site.

Montgomery School

Montgomery School

Montgomery School is the first PassivHaus certified primary school in the UK. It is also the first school with a target to be zero carbon in use, and demonstrates BAM’s ability to deliver sustainable buildings.

The Bridge, Scottish Water Head Quarters

The Bridge, Scottish Water Head Quarters

The new Scottish Water national headquarters is a three storey, 7,300m2 building accommodating 600 staff. This ultra-sustainable building incorporates office space and meeting rooms around a large central atrium. The building is being hailed as the most environmentally friendly building of its kind.

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