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By Stuart Eatock

Why we’re backing #RetroFirst

ECE have joined Retro First, an Architects’ Journal campaign to prioritise retrofitting existing buildings over demolition and rebuild.

According to the Architects Journal, one reason construction consumes so much of the planet’s cement is due to the economic model of tearing down existing buildings and rebuilding from scratch.

We have backed the #RetroFirst campaign to raise awareness of the importance of Retrofit projects to lower the carbon footprint in the construction industry, another step on our journey to deliver exceptional buildings that have a positive environmental impact.

Stuart Eatock, ECE Managing Director says

“In some cases, the replacement of buildings is necessary, but in others it can be avoided by reconstructing what is already there.”

Wapping High School, London

The Wapping High School project converted the disused Polly Peck HQ building in central London into a new school for the local community.

ECE added a new floor high above the streets to provide a multipurpose hall and sky garden. The ground floor and basement were opened up to create new meeting spaces and a restaurant for the local community.

Millmead Offices, Guildford

When designing Millmead Offices in Guildford, a reconstruction of the existing building was preferred to maintain quality and cost. The project was of high community significance, being a principal location where the residents of Guildford can engage with their borough council.

ECE carried out refurbishment works to improve the buildings public use, making it accessible to all. The project consisted of the reorganisation of reception and refurbishment of the council chamber, providing new spaces from conventional meeting rooms through to discreet informal booths to improve counter facing opportunities.

The Old Brewery, Lewes

Retrofit played a key part in The Old Brewery, a project in the heart of Lewes. A Grade 2 Listed building was converted into 12 new homes with 466sqm of commercial space on the ground floor.

To keep with the traditional Sussex architecture, ECE utilised materials that were a modern reflection of the listed building.

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