Council given ‘excellent rating’ for sustainability

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Wealden District Council’s refurbished council offices in Hailsham have been awarded an ‘excellent’ rating for sustainability by BREEAM, the international building assessor.

Vicarage Lane’s excellent rating is rare for a refurbishment and puts Wealden’s offices in the same class as British Land’s 199 Bishopsgate building and the National Trust’s Stable Block at Morden Hall.

Gavin Dunn, Director of BREEAM at BRE Global, said: “It is a real achievement to score BREEAM Excellent, especially for a refurbishment. The council and the whole project team are to be congratulated.”

The council had originally been looking at the possibility of building a brand new office for its joint Hailsham and Crowborough workforce but opted to save public money by refurbishing the existing 1980s Vicarage Lane premises.

It still wanted to create a sustainable building, reducing running costs, greenhouse gas emissions and improving the local environment.

The project also included the Hailsham Community Hall which was in need of modernising and required a new roof. By creating a shared space as a Civic Community Hall, the refurbishment provided an improved facility for the community which is also used for meetings.