Building Information Modelling is being used as part of one of London’s most talked about sustainable regeneration projects.
The redevelopment of Battersea Power Station will see the Grade II listed building be converted into 866 apartments, shops, workspaces and restaurants and is due to be completed in 2016.
Carillion are in-charge of Phase One of the development and are working hard to make sure the project is as sustainable as possible, with a low-carbon construction environment that will keep harm to the surrounding areas and local economy to a minimum.
This year, Carillion are targeting an 18% cut in gas consumption from company offices, a diversion of 96% of waste going to landfills and 100% of their timber will meet FSC requirements in the hope of being a sustainable organisation.
Although the construction is looking to be incredibly efficient and eco-friendly, construction doesn’t just count towards defining sustainability, design does too. BIM is being adopted to make sure initial project stages are also labour-saving and cost-cutting. Speaking to Construction News regarding BIM, Carillion’s Chief Sustainability Officer David Picton said:
“Efficient construction can never compensate for inefficient design, so you have to get upstream and use building information modelling and integrated design.”
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