Built Environment


NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF SCOTLAND - In response to the early identification by the National Museums of Scotland to progress sustainably to their need for a new storage facility, Thirdwave developed Guidelines to the Process of Procuring Green Building as part of a Sustainability Scoping Study for the project.

CITY OF EDINBURGH COUNCIL - On behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council in procuring of new Headquarters Office, Thirdwave authored the sustainability component of the Invitation to Tender (ITT) for competing developers, wrote and constructed a customised Sustainability Design Support Web Site to improve the quality of the bids returned, set standards for the selection process from the ITT and judged submissions to determine the preferred bidder. Based on our successful working relationship with the client, the Property Services Department of CEC now includes, as standard, a statement on Sustainable Construction Standards expected in all of responses to its ITTs.

ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL
- Working within a multi-disciplinary team which has recently been commissioned by Aberdeen City Council, Thirdwave will be responsible for developing a sustainability framework and evaluation tool which will be integral to the development and appraisal of the Aberdeen Beach Masterplan.

RED WING HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION
- Thirdwave was a lead partner with the Red Wing Housing and Redevelopment Association (Minnesota, USA) in a project seeking to transform the city of Red Wing into a sustainable community and replicate that success across the state. This project was part of a long-term research initiative drawing on international best practice to develop a robust, yet flexible, toolkit for community learning, to enable communities to operationalise their own sustainability goals. Working closely and directly with the many different stakeholder groups within the community our key task was to work with the community to ensure that all of its members could eventually take ownership of the resource.

FORWARD SCOTLAND
- Thirdwave has been commissioned by Forward Scotland to develop the content for a web-based introduction to the feasibility study it funded for the sustainable conversion of a historic building in Glasgow. This clearly sets out the actions needed to be taken by various interested parties and points them to relevant examples and information in the original study.

FORWARD SCOTLAND - Working closely with the existing design team for the sustainable conversion of a historic building in Glasgow to provide offices for Forward Scotland, Thirdwave has proposed cost-effective measures that will provide a healthy working environment and balance the needs for conservation and sustainability. Forward Scotland

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD ESTATES DIRECTORATE - Working closely with the University of Oxford Estates Directorate, we are conducting an assessment of how the University is delivering sustainable development across its core activities. The review compares Oxford with other leaders in its peer group, as well as other comparable organisations / businesses operating similar estates. Although focussed on estates and buildings, other core University activities impacting on sustainability are also addressed. Outputs and recommendations, once accepted, will acknowledge strengths to date as well as determining a works programme for improving performance strategically and tactically.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY RESEARCH & INFORMATION ASSOCIATION
- In collaboration with Buro Happold, Thirdwave co-authored "Sustainable Construction Procurement: A guide to delivering environmentally responsible projects published by the Construction Industry Research & Information Association (CIRIA). The Guide offers a wide range of advice for all those concerned with construction at every stage of a project's life-cycle, identifying the key issues, the essential legislation, the most useful guidance and the potential pitfalls. Case studies focus on how clients achieved sustainable outputs and how the construction industry can meet that growing need.

NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND
- On behalf of the National Trust for Scotland, Thirdwave carried out a Feasibility Study, inclusive of Business Plan and Design Strategy, for a potential resource at Grey Mare's Tail in Dumfries and Galloway. The approach, an organisational values led strategy grounded in sustainable principles, evolved based on a close working relationship with both the Trust and many of its key stakeholders.

EDINBURGH DEVELOPMENTS AND INVESTMENTS LTD'S
- Thirdwave has conducted sustainability potential analysis and assessment of achievable best practice to determine quality/performance standards to increase the sustainability of a £70m city centre speculative office/retail development. We then worked closely with the design and delivery team, supporting and guiding improved sustainability and ultimately authoring the Sustainability Report as part of the planning application to reflect its contributions to the sustainability objectives of the City of Edinburgh Council's policies.

THE ROBERTSON GROUP
- Thirdwave are working closely with a major developer to deliver a commercial campus of industrial, office and leisure facilities for a client operating in the off shore oil sector. Each building is to demonstrate environmental best practice.

WWF-SCOTLAND
- Thirdwave has authored step-by-step decision support guidance for businesses and organisations wishing to increase the sustainability of let premises (web address). Based on renovations Thirdwave recommended and oversaw on WWF Scotland’s own new let premises. WWF Scotland Green Office


MORRISON HOMES
- Thirdwave has worked with private housing developer Morrison Homes to create a Masterplan for a sustainable rural community in the Scottish Borders. Thirdwave's principal task was to identify and promote the key sustainability objectives that would define a strong and healthy community and then to work in partnership with master planners and architects Farningham McCreadie to use these key objectives to guide the planning and design process. The work was carried out in such a way as to provide generic as well as specific sustainability planning guidelines and to take members of Morrisons up the learning curve from a sustainability perspective.

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY
- Thirdwave is currently working with the design team for a major new biochemistry laboratory at the University of Oxford, to incorporate sustainability principles into the design of the building. This work has so far included research into international best practice in laboratory design, the preparation of a sustainability report to support the detailed planning application, and ongoing assessment of the design as it develops.

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, ASMHMOLEAN MUSEUM
- Thirdwave is also undertaking a similar role for an extension to Oxford University's Ashmolean Museum (2005), which is replacing a haphazard arrangement of extensions to the landmark Cockerell Building, which have emerged over the last century or so, with a single new building. This will make the museum easier to navigate, will offer improved conditions for visitors and for the collection, and will embody many principles of sustainable development.

INPARTNERSHIP / CITY SPIRIT DEVELOPERS / SALFORD CITY COUNCIL
- Thirdwave is the sustainability advisor on the design team of a major urban regeneration project in Salford. A 16 hectare area of increasingly abandoned housing, with vacant shops and all the related problems is being redeveloped in phases by Inpartnership and City Spirit Developers in a joint venture with Salford City Council. The process was started by gaining buy-in from the local community - which has specific cultural and social needs. As the project moves forward, Thirdwave's role is focused on the quality of the many new buildings: how they meet the needs of, and promote a sense of community; how they work economically - both immediately and over the longer term; and how they impact on the environment.

ISLAND OF SOQOTRA, REPUBLIC OF YEMEN
- In partnership with WS Atkins and others, we worked closely with the local population in authoring Sustainable Design Guidelines for Tourism Facilities and Infrastructure for the Island of Soqotra, Republic of Yemen, with funding from the EC. Identified as one of the world's most pristine remaining islands, key themes informing our work were minimising impact, valuing local knowledge, respecting culture, developing local skills and keeping resources and wealth creation with the indigenous inhabitants.

 

SCOTTISH BUILDING STANDARDS AGENCY(SBSA)

SBSA Home Improvements

 
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