Dorset Police seeking to ‘downgrade’ the environment standard of new HQ

Dorset Police will reduce the high environmental standards of the new force headquarters building in Winfrith.

The force only required that it meet “very good” standards, as opposed to the “excellent” standards it said it would meet at the time approval for planning was granted.

She has now applied to change her planning approval as originally approved by Dorset Council.

Controversy has surrounded the building since it was first proposed with claims by the parish council that its shiny roofs would confuse birds and lead to unnecessary deaths. The force has since released a statement saying the building will not be as reflective as suggested in its original computer-optimized drawings.

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It has so far declined to disclose the potential cost of the building, which will replace the existing main block, although another request for that information was made this week by the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

A report by the Dorset Council to support the change says that even by increasing construction costs by 15%, strength may not achieve the higher “excellent” grade.

A request to lower the building standards level has been submitted to Dorset Council by the Dorset Police Office and Crime Commissioner, using a planning agent in Manchester.

“The wording of the requirement includes a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ requirement, and a building subject to qualifications ‘unless otherwise first agreed in writing by the local planning authority.’ It has now been established that a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating cannot be obtained for the proposed building. This It is primarily due to site limitations and the operational nature of the building. There are also various unattainable time-dependent balances, as well as other balances that would add significantly to the cost of the project, and therefore unattainable.”

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The papers note that despite the downgrade being applied, the building is still expected to achieve “high levels of performance in terms of sustainability standards” including an operational carbon reduction of more than 40 percent over building regulation standards and will have an all-electric design with Low carbon and renewable energy sources as well as electric vehicle charging points. The power is also promising to achieve a significant reduction in water use.

A joint letter to the board from Chief Constable Scott Shelton and Commissioner of Police and Crime, David Sedwick, say they regret not being able to achieve the highest level of sustainability assessment but should take a pragmatic approach.

“While preparing our planning application, our team had a lengthy pre-submission dialogue with the local Planning Authority (Dorset Council) team to explain our position on obtaining ‘excellent’ and this was reflected in our construction application. The explicit requirement of ‘excellent’ is not made clear in the No time in writing, so this state of planning came as a surprise. For completeness, during the internal planning phase we strived to target ‘excellent’ but realized we were unlikely to do so due to various factors which were largely beyond our control” .

What is BREEAM?

The Building Research Foundation Environmental Assessment Method for Sustainability is used in master planning of projects, infrastructure and buildings.

Launched in 1990, it sets environmental performance standards and measures energy use, land use, the environment, water use, health and wellbeing, pollution, transportation, materials and waste.

Independent evaluators are used to judge blueprints with inspections usually done at the design stage followed by a post-construction evaluation and final certification.

Developments are rated and counted on an unrated scale (<30٪) ، ناجح (> 30%), good (>45%), very good (>55%), excellent (>70%) and excellent (>85%).

Only about 10 percent of all buildings reach the premium standard, and only 1 percent of the buildings are outstanding.

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