The new Foyles flagship at 107 Charing Cross Road, London, has won the ‘Retail – Refurbishment & Fit-Out’ category at the BREEAM Awards 2015. The ceremony took place on Tuesday 3 March at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, and was hosted by TV architect Charlie Luxton.
Hilson Moran was the BREEAM assessor and building services engineer for the project, which achieved a BREEAM Excellent score of 73.4% in 2014. The refurbished store was designed by architect Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, and has 37,000 sq ft of retail space, housing a range of over 200,000 different titles spread across four floors, and is the largest bookshop to have opened in the UK so far this century.
The building features a retained façade that has been thermally upgraded with new high performance windows, as well as exposed thermal mass, which enhances comfort and helps to smooth the temperature swings as crowds of visitors enter the store throughout the day. Air source heat pumps also provide low carbon heating and cooling to retail spaces. In addition a large PV array and green roof was also provided.
Steve Johnson, Project Director at Hilson Moran, said: “We are delighted to have won this award for such a great project. Foyles flagship is an iconic building in London and we are thrilled at the result of the refurbishment, which has not only helped upgrade and modernise the internal layout, but has provided a better experience for the store’s customers.”
The BREEAM Awards celebrate the best in sustainable construction and recognise the achievement of those involved in the specification, design, construction and management of BREEAM certified buildings.