The Your BREEAM Award gives the public the chance to choose their favourite project from all those shortlisted, over 8,000 votes were recorded and the winning project was Mega Silk Way.
The awards recognise the projects and organisations that, in the view of the independent judging panel, provide the best balance between performance, replicability and innovation. The winners selected range from homes in vibrant mixed-use developments, to education sports buildings, to large scale commercial properties incorporating green roofs and living walls in the centre of cities.
The BREEAM awards cover a variety of sectors including residential, retail, industrial, education and healthcare as well as project types such as new build, refurbishment and in-use.
The MEGA Silk Way is the largest shopping centre in Kazakhstan and is located in the capital Nur-Sultan near the territory of EXPO 2017. The building covers over 140,000 m2 and is serviced by its own management company with over 120 staff. The shopping centre is a social hub for Nur-Sultan with people using the quality transport links to access the location which is slightly outside the city centre.
“Obtaining the BREEAM In-Use certificate by MEGA Silk Way shopping mall helped strengthen our positions in the market as a socially and ecologically oriented company, as well as create conditions for continuous improvement of the quality of the Asset”– Kanat Tyurebaev, Director in Mega Plaza LLP
The selection of BREEAM In-Use as a corporate standard was carried out 5 years ago on the basis of a detailed analysis of existing international voluntary green building certification systems, their compatibility with the peculiarities of the Kazakhstan market and compliance with the corporate goals of the MEGA group of companies.
The operated MEGA shopping malls were the first buildings in Kazakhstan to obtain BREEAM certificates in 2014. Introduction of the BREEAM In-Use standard in the MEGA group of companies, as well as adaptation of operational policy and characteristics of buildings to best international practices, is a strategic task for the Client. It shows their progressive views on social and economic development and provides an increase in the number of performance indicators. The owner of the MEGA shopping malls has adhered to the chosen strategy to this day, consistently achieving a high standard of assets under his management. In this regard, BREEAM In-Use certification of MEGA Silk Way Shopping Mall, the largest in Kazakhstan, was a logical step on the business development path.