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MediaCityUK, Manchester, United Kingdom

Thursday 08 Oct 2009

First BREEAM Communities status awarded

MediaCityUK by Chapman Taylor in Manchester, United Kingdom
Chapman Taylor, Peel Media 
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16/08/11 Mark WHitfield, Salford Quays
LinkedIn group for MediaCityUK BBC North (6,420 members) now at: http://www.mediacityukforum.co.uk
25/03/10 Mark Whitfield, Salford Quays
When I took up residence in the quays back in the mid-nineties, there were very few landmarks to navigate by. MediaCityUK provides yet another attractive and modern set of buildings to the current eye-catching mix. The BBC North main building provides a full glass façade to reflect the iconic buildings that surround it, and is itself reflected in the water.

I would never describe myself as a professional photographer, just an enthusiastic amateur who has fully embraced the digital age of compact cameras (my first in 2000). As you will see from the online photographic timeline, I have been able to get close to every stage of the MediaCityUK build with good clarity. This even includes the stage by stage erection of the large cranes on the site.

My MediaCityUK Photographic Timeline is located at, http://www.mediacityuksalfordquays.net/mcuk.htm .
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MediaCityUK becomes first BREEAM recognised sustainable community 

Peel’s MediaCityUK has become the first development in the world to receive a BREEAM approved sustainable community status, incorporating leading technology and solutions into the design of the £500m development. Phase 1 of MediaCityUK has included many features to meet the BREEAM criteria, in particular using its greatest asset, water from the Manchester Ship Canal in the production of power, heating and cooling for the buildings on the 36-acre site.

Buildings including the 371 apartments, the 216-bed-hotel and the seven HD and two audio studios will benefit from the use of a combined heat and power plant energy system known as Tri-Gen, which has many benefits including reducing Co2 emissions.

David Glover, Construction Director for Peel, said: “We have developed an extremely good relationship with BRE Global and are proud to become the first sustainable community in the world. We will continue to work with BRE Global and our partners to ensure MediaCityUK continues to explore new ways of being sustainable”.

BREEAM Communities certification helps planners and developers improve measures and independently certify the sustainability of development proposals at the planning stage.

Chapman Taylor’s Manchester team has been working on the detailed design and the delivery of the project, with Phase 1 completing early next year.

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