11 April 2017


The design for the new Nightingale Primary School a co-located mixed use development in Hackney has achieved an assessed BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

Max Fordham, who have been appointed by McLaren Construction Ltd who are working in conjunction with the Hackney Schools for the Future 2 Ltd , the Local Education Partnership with the London Borough of Hackney, have worked closely with the McLaren Team and architects Hawkins Brown to deliver a high quality, mixed-use development at Tiger Way on the Nightingale  Estate in the London Borough of Hackney. The Nightingale Primary School forms a  part of the Co-located residential development located on the ground and first floors of the scheme.

The work of Neil Cogan, BREEAM assessor at Max Fordham, working in collaboration with the delivery team, was central to achieving the rating.

‘I’m proud that we achieved the Design Stage BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating with a great score of 86.3%,’ he added. ‘We provided site-wide Combined Heat and Power (CHP) that serves both the school and residential development, with the provision for the future connection of a district heating scheme, the school  is also supported by a rooftop PV array.’

‘I’m delighted that our involvement will help reduce the carbon emission rates by 70%, when compared to the building regulations,’ Neil explained.

Attaining the ‘Outstanding’ rating is a team effort, one that isn’t possible without a committed client and contracting team driving that ambition.  ‘We aim to deliver the best sustainable design that will help buildings run as efficiently as possible,’ Neil enthused. ‘The team worked hard to limit the impact of the building by reducing the embodied carbon associated with the construction. We conducted a life cycle impact assessment to measure the whole-life environmental impact of the building and identify where embodied carbon could be reduced.  The team made this a reality, and we couldn’t be happier with the result.’

The project is now on-site with the school  scheduled completion in December 2018 and the residential units early in 2019.