UCL wins CIBSE Building Performance Award

19 March 2021

UCL and partner BuroHappold rewarded by CIBSE for developing leading method of reviewing construction projects

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UCL are pleased to announce they have won the CIBSE (Chartered Institute Building Services Engineers) 2021 Building Performance Award in the Learning and Development category. Developed in partnership with engineering consultants BuroHappold, the award was received for their ‘UCL Post Project Review Guidelines’.

The guidelines have been created to include a range of tools that enables team members to report ‘Lessons Learned’, as well as providing ‘Post Occupancy Evaluation’ (POE) resources  for consultants and staff. To ensure future building projects can accurately track their performance against targets for satisfaction, environment and financial, the POE will support effective reporting on energy, waste, and water consumption in new buildings in their first three years after opening. It will also allow critical knowledge to be retained for future construction projects.

Sharing their reasoning on UCL gaining first place, the panel of judges commented on the win saying, ‘The judges were impressed by the initiative’s well thought through approach to post-occupancy evaluation, as well as the standardisation and clear application of a difficult process... A client-led, collaborative process, with clear impact, and tangible outcomes’.

The post project review guidelines that have been developed while reviewing renovated buildings such as 22 Gordon Street will continue be applied to projects currently under construction including UCL East , PEARL, and the combined Institute of Neurology and Dementia Research Institute (IoN/DRI). There is more information about the guidelines that led to the award win on the CIBSE Awards page.
Responding to the news of the award Kevin Argent, Director Estates Development said

“We first recognised the opportunity to improve post project reviews at the start of the capital programme in 2014, and it is great to see how various teams in the Estates department along with BuroHappold have come together to achieve this.

This award is true recognition for the hard work that has been put in to create these guidelines and shows how important it is to have them in place.

We look forward to developing them further to strengthen our work as we continue to deliver buildings that support outstanding student experience, research and collaboration at UCL”.