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November 4, 2010

A “highly innovative” development “justly applauded as an exemplar of sustainable urban design”.

That was the verdict of judges at the 2010 Local Authority Building Control (LABC) National Building Excellence Awards who named Watermark Place in London Best Sustainable Project.

The 50,000m2 commercial scheme was selected for the honour from 12 regional award winners. These included St Austell’s White River Place which, like Watermark Place, was completed by the company last year.

Rated BREEAM ‘Excellent’, Watermark Place features triple-skinned façades, motorised sun-tracking louvres and structural oak beams that support a brise-soleil shading system. The average recycling rate on the project was 83%.

White River Place was recognised as a development which embraced the term sustainability “in its broadest sense”, the judges noting that in addition to measures including using locally sourced materials and minimising waste “it also addressed the social aspects of sustainability”.

LABC is the member organisation representing all local authority building control departments in England and Wales.

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