11 October 2022

Edenica office development at 100 Fetter Lane is featured in the NLA


Designed by Fletcher Priest Architects and now under construction in the City of London, the 94,000 sq ft Edenica office development at 100 Fetter Lane is on track to set a significant sustainability precedent for UK commercial buildings.

This scheme for BauMont Real Estate Capital and YardNine is harnessing the latest design techniques to optimise operational energy efficiency and slash embodied carbon, whilst also offering class-leading user experience. As part of the development’s unique approach to cutting whole-life carbon and creating a robust platform for material circularity, Waterman’s Sustainability team is pioneering the use of Materials Passports on the project.

Materials Passports are digital data sets which describe characteristics of materials and components in products and systems, giving them value for present use, recovery and future reuse. Edenica will act as a pilot project for their implementation and is the first scheme within the City of London to be designed as a storage bank where materials are held for future reuse.

BauMont Real Estate Capital’s Managing Director, Natalie Harrison, commented: “Our philosophy when it comes to development and refurbishment projects it to take a ‘use less, waste less’ approach. We engage sustainability specialists at the outset of our projects to ensure our desire to deliver buildings with best-in-class ESG credentials is taken into account in the early stages of design. This leads to better collaboration and promotes innovation, a good example of this being Waterman’s Material Passports initiative being delivered at Edenica, which looks beyond policy, setting a new precedent for London.”

Working alongside project manager, Third London Wall, Waterman’s Sustainability team has set out the pathway for procurement to ensure the Materials Passports contain key characteristics of selected building materials held in a centralised database. This can be used to provide reports on maintenance and potential future reuse over the life of the building and beyond, maximising both material life and whole life value.

Discussing the impact of Materials Passports, YardNine’s Co-founder, Maxwell Shand, said: “Underpinned by low operational energy and an innovative approach to cutting embodied carbon, Edenica will demonstrate what can be achieved when sustainability is central to a scheme’s design ethos. I believe Waterman’s Materials Passports initiative will quickly become widely adopted as ‘best-practice’ for responsible development.”

Just as a regular passport provides personal details of an individual’s identity, Edenica’s Materials Passports will become a snapshot of the building elements’ credentials, providing records of the materials, products, and components that have been used. These records will enable the reuse of materials during the building’s operation or at the end of its life, turning the used materials into valuable resources instead of waste. Materials Passports are a relatively new initiative and are a critical step in bringing a functioning circular economy to the built environment. As a new concept in the UK construction industry, there is no current standardised framework to define the process that should be followed for their production, content or form.

The scheme’s Materials Passports will facilitate the reuse of materials in the coming years by future owners, design teams, manufacturers and contractors. For this to be most effective, the system will be calibrated to enable the constant update and maintenance of information associated with these materials throughout their life cycles.

Waterman’s Sustainability Associate, Anastasia Stella, led the development of Materials Passports at Edenica. She commented: “It is hugely important that, as construction professionals, we continually try to advance and innovate to help tackle the climate emergency. Our Materials Passport initiative shows how even the simplest of concepts can create the potential for a significant reduction in whole-life carbon and optimise re-purposing of materials in the future.”

Waterman’s specialists pioneered the methodology behind Materials Passports, using data initially based on input from cost consultants, Arcadis. The information that is included in the Materials Passports derives from the Construction Contractors. The information is based on 3D model, Contractors’ records, products’ specifications, certificates etc.

Waterman’s team is providing technical advice to support the development of an innovative online platform called Circuland which allows the creation, viewing and maintenance of digital Materials Passports across building, development and city levels. The platform will be used for the digital storage and viewing of the development’s Materials Passports, and the database’s structure will follow the RICS NRM classification system level 2 sub-elements (RICS, 2021). This will allow information from the Materials Passports to be interlinked with Post-Completion Circular Economy Statements and Post-Construction Whole Life Carbon Assessments.

Waterman is currently creating a protocol to standardise the process for producing and reporting Materials Passports across the UK, and their experts are collaborating with CIRCuIT, BRE and City of London on this exciting initiative. By working with policy makers directly, they aim to introduce a standardised template for Materials Passports for all new products which can be provided by manufacturers and suppliers. This will aid the tracking of material usage intensity and enable the industry’s progression towards a fully functional circular economy.

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10 October 2022

YardNine adds to development team with appointment of George Grace

YardNine has further grown its London-based team with the appointment of George Grace as Development Manager. George brings nearly ten years of experience in the sector, most recently at Native Land where he led on site assembly, planning, design, delivery, letting and leasing across a range of residential and commercial developments.

George joins YardNine following a period of sustained growth for the development and asset management company. Since inception in late 2017, the team has overseen the practical completion of EightyFen and Fifty Paddington, bringing more than 300,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation to the City and Paddington submarkets, as well as seven mews houses, with a 369-bed hotel due for delivery on site in 2024, at 40 Eastbourne Terrace.

YardNine’s current development pipeline is valued at more than £2 billion and includes Edenica, a new 12-storey office development at 100 Fetter Lane, and 50 Fenchurch Street, a 650,000 sqft landmark office development in the City of London.

George’s appointment grows the YardNine development team to a total of five, including Directors Maxwell Shand, Campbell MacDougall and Mark Younger, and Development Manager, Sam Palk.

Maxwell Shand, Director of YardNine said: “George joins YardNine at a pivotal moment in our growth. In the last five years, we have built relationships with leading investment partners – including AXA-IM RA, BauMont Real Estate Capital, Invesco and Partners Group – to deliver both a portfolio of assets that we are extremely proud of, as well as a development pipeline that has some of the most exciting projects in London. We look forward to continuing this journey with George in the team.”

George Grace said: “This was a compelling opportunity to join a growing company that combines senior experience with a nimble and collaborative approach. Their pipeline and partners speak for themselves and I very much look forward to working with the team to help bring forward more exciting projects in both established and emerging locations.”