A WORCESTERSHIRE building contractor has completed the highest scoring sustainable building in the world.

Speller Metcalfe, which is based in Malvern, has been working alongside its project team to achieve the ‘BREEAM Outstanding’ score for a new building at Spilsby in Lincolnshire.

BREEAM is an assessment method for rating the sustainable value of non-domestic properties, and the construction company scored the highest mark ever recorded, 100.5 per cent for a new depot built on behalf of Western Power Distribution.

Adrian Speller, environmental manager at Speller Metcalfe, said: “To reach more than over 100 per cent seems somewhat impossible, but we have worked extremely hard to deliver over and above what was required in each category, which was actually done at very little additional cost to the project.

“We hope this scheme – our tenth for Western Power Distribution – will be an example to businesses both large and small in what they can do to reduce carbon emissions and building running costs while having a positive impact on the environment and subsequently the local community.

"To reach the highest score in the world to date is a fantastic achievement for a local business who is a prime example of how the construction industry is ploughing forward in the West Midlands."

In the last 12 months, Speller Metcalfe has increased its workforce by more than 30 per cent, opened a new office in the Black Country and set up the Worcestershire Construction Apprentice Academy, a charity that is helping young people into training and apprenticeships.