David Morley Architects is a 50 person UK practice, specialising in environmental, healthcare, sport, education, residential and commercial architecture. After 25 years of experience and 50 prestigious awards, its projects have been consistently both evolutionary and revolutionary, building on tradition as well as creating prototypes for the future.
Notable commissions include SportPark, one of five major projects David Morley Architects has completed for Loughborough University. The design integrates building and landscape to achieving a BREEAM Excellent rating against a target of Very Good. The building makes the most of natural light and ventilation and uses construction techniques and materials as part of a ‘passive’ engineering strategy that helps to achieve low levels of CO2 and is highly efficient. Insulation was sourced which performed over the project specification at no extra cost to the client.
In line with the King’s Cross Masterplan, the design for The Plimsoll Building mixed-used residential and academic scheme minimised its impact on the environment whilst interacting positively with the other planned buildings and the site as a whole.
This was achieved through optimising opportunities for sustainable and low carbon design. The sustainability goals of the building applied to both the construction and occupation and relate primarily to energy and water efficiency, waste and pollution management, green infrastructure and the wellbeing of residents and visitors.
This building forms part of King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership’s wider commitment to make King’s Cross one of the most sustainable major developments in London. The design of The Plimsoll Building demonstrates an intrinsic approach to sustainability and includes appropriate innovations whilst demonstrating best value. This includes rainwater collection and reuse, sustainable drainage systems, and low impact materials.
The Plimsoll Building exceeded Building Regulations Part L 2010 requirements by 5% through fabric efficiency measures alone. CO2 savings were also made by the provision of energy from the onsite energy centre, comprising CHP and renewables.
The Plimsoll Residential Building achieved ‘Level 4’ rating under The Code for Sustainable Homes 2010 (CfSH). The Plimsoll Building Schools, King’s Cross Academy and Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
David Morley Architects ambitious redevelopment of 119 Ebury Street of a hotel to three luxury apartments for Grosvenor was the first UK listed building to attain a BREEAM Outstanding Rating and was awarded the prestigious BREEAM Residential Award 2015.