Ropemaker Place

Taking sustainability to new heights

When built, Ropemaker Place was, quite simply, one of London’s most sustainable buildings. Our first fully integrated service was delivered on time, 5% under budget, and has received numerous awards, accolades and acclaim.

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Ropemaker Place Project summary

Client

British Land plc

Project value

£155m

Key partners

Arup Associates

Services provided

Construction, Construction management, Consultancy, Project and programme management, Advisory services

Sectors

Commercial, Offices

Locations

UK - London and south-east England

Project timeline

Start date
2006
End date
2009
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Project story

British Land sought a comprehensive service for their ambitious concept in the City of London and we were appointed to provide project management, cost consultancy and construction management services.

In partnership with leading architect, Arup Associates, our project management and cost consultancy teams supported British Land from land acquisition onwards. Our construction management team then joined the project to deliver it exactly on the date targeted from the outset. Our innovative approach saw extensive quality control inspections and compliance regimes before works even began, which swiftly identified and addressed any potential issues.

Our world class employees, working across all facets of the build, implemented a creative close out strategy that nurtured one of our most successful and treasured client relationships to date. After completion, the Mace project management team acted as the landlord's representative in a tenant liaison role during occupation and fit out.

The 87,000 sq m building was opened during the height of the global recession, yet received sensational acclaim. Prizes included 'Development of the Year', 'Rainwater Harvesting' and 'Soft Landscaping' awards and the esteemed 'Major Project' gong at the British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards in 2010.

Project stats

97% score in customer satisfaction survey from British Land
87,000 sq m in size
86% of materials reused after site clearance

Points of note

BREEAMs can come true

Sustainability is one of our biggest drivers, so we were thrilled our industrious efforts saw Ropemaker Place awarded the City of London’s first ever LEED scheme ‘Platinum’ rating along with a score of BREEAM ‘Excellent’. We ensured sustainable features and eminent tech was integral to the design, including an energy saving double glazed façade, 74 sq m of clean power producing photovoltaics, and a green roof to stimulate biodiversity.

Award winning

Awards won by the project include: 'Major Project' at the BCI Awards in 2010, a 'Silver' Considerate Constructors awards in 2009, both the 'Rainwater Harvesting' and the 'Soft Landscaping' awards at the British Association of Landscape Industries Awards in 2009, the Association of Interiors Specialists 'Ceiling' award in 2010, and the 'Office Development of the Year' at the Estates Gazette Green Awards in 2008.

Use less, then use again

Keeping up our reputation as environmentally savvy, we worked hard to ensure 86% of materials cleared from the site were reused. We also strived to hit the lower end of the scale by capping energy use – leading to a 50% overall reduction on energy and water.

“It is always a pleasure to visit a site that excels. Ropemaker Place is worthy of being amongst the best sites I have visited and an excellent example to those passing the project of how good the industry can be. Well done to everybody.”