Faithful+Gould Delivers Cultural Change in Athens

Dale Potts
Faithful+Gould is working with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and award-winning architect Renzo Piano to deliver the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, a complex of green spaces, educational and cultural facilities in the heart of Athens.

A €566 million project managed by Faithful+Gould to provide green spaces, educational and cultural facilities in the heart of Athens is helping to boost the Greek capital's economy.

Faithful+Gould is working with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and award-winning architect Renzo Piano to deliver the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), the first public / private endeavour of its size and scale in Greece. The project will include the Stavros Niarchos Park, 20 hectares of green space in the middle of Athens. It will also accommodate the Greek National Opera and the National Library of Greece, which the British Library is helping to develop.

At its Athens office, Faithful+Gould has a full team dedicated to the SNFCC, which will grow to 15 employees during the course of the project, using supplies and manpower from the local area wherever possible. Once complete, the SNFCC will provide employment for up to 1,000 people in and around Athens. Environmentally progressive facilities will be evident at the SNFCC as will the aesthetics of the design in relation to the area's heritage. International standards for design, function and accessibility are being adopted, with particular regard for visitors with special needs.

Faithful+Gould is providing a host of services including: Project management, cost management, employer's agent, risk and value management. In addition, Faithful+Gould is also advising the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to obtain gold standard of LEED, with aspirations to reach platinum, the highest standard.

To achieve the highest level of LEED accreditation, Faithful+Gould also provides guidance on post occupation issues which will shape the long term sustainability of the project. In keeping with the aim to create an emissions neutral facility, the SNFCC has been conceptualized with the highest standards of environmental sustainability. This can be seen in the design of the roof, which features an energy canopy of almost 10,000m2 of interconnected photovoltaic cell panels with the aim of producing up to 1.4MWp - providing a 21st century landmark in one of the world's most historic cities.

Neil Clemson, Faithful+Gould's project manager on the SNFCC scheme, said:

"This is a really exciting project that demonstrates our commitment to Greece as part of our expanding operations in Europe. The vision of the SNFCC is breathtaking, and we are honoured to be working with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop to create such a landmark development."

The design and development of the SNFCC has now been approved, with an expected completion date of 2015. Faithful+Gould's Athens team have also been appointed to 2 further projects in the city: a new regional office for Bloomberg and LEED advice on a major commercial development in the Paiania area of the city.