Green Building Round Foundry
Region: Yorkshire and the Humber
Funding Body: Private
Summary: A new, privately funded office block, constructed to BREAM standards, within an industrial heritage site of international importance.
The Round Foundry site in Leeds has been designated by the Building Design Partnership as an Urban Village - promoting sustainable development to facilitate the regeneration of this inner-city area. The mixed-use site combines restored listed buildings with new buildings to provide domestic accommodation, commercial office space and retail outlets.
Work has commenced on one of the latest additions to the site, the appropriately-named Green Building, which incorporates the latest environmentally friendly technologies. Key features of this £8.5m development include: a biomass boiler which uses wood pellets as a fuel, optimum use of natural light and ventilation, use of a borehole for renewable cooling and the use of "harvested" rainwater. The centrepiece of the Round Foundry project, the scheme, has received a BREAM “excellent” rating for its efforts to mitigate the environmental impacts of its development.