Read about how Base Energy are working with Ryder Architects on their new Fire Station project in the Wirral! Background Base Energy are working alongside Ryder Architects and Waites Construction to ensure that their Saughall Massie Fire Station project complies with all the BREEAM New Construction legislation. The existing space is currently occupied by grassland and is located on the edge of a large residential area to the west of Birkenhead. The proposed fire station will comprise a large single storey building which will contain an office, training facilities, temporary rest rooms, and associated ancillary areas. The Story We were contacted earlier this year to help the development achieve the BREEAM UK New Construction accreditation rating of “Very Good”. The timing of this project made it difficult to declare what BREEAM scheme this would be assessed under as it was March 2018 that BRE (who are the certification body for BREEAM) decided that they would be introducing a newer and revised scheme. It was mutually agreed that the development would be assessed under BREEAM 2014 scheme. In order to comply, we will have to demonstrate compliance with the criteria in the sub-categories and show the overall points total. The Solution Our specialist consultants have arranged site visits and site meetings in order to ensure that the project is running smoothly and that the features blend with the local landscape (as per Ryder Architects request) these include a green sedum roof and soft landscaping. Building work is set to finish by April 2019 and Base energy are doing everything we can to make this a sustainable building.