National award for White River Place


St Austell’s new shopping centre has won the national retail BREEAM Award at the annual sustainability awards ceremony at the Eco Build conference.

The Cornish centre fought off strong competition from the other shortlisted schemes, Trinity Leeds and Queen’s Court in Milton Keynes, to take the prize in the retail category.

BREEAM is the world’s most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings, and in its independent assessment, White River Place scored 74.16% and an ‘Excellent’ rating, putting it in the top tier of the country’s most sustainable buildings.

Sean Finlay, director of White River Developments, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised on a national scale for our sustainability credentials; for St Austell to triumph over schemes in major locations such as Milton Keynes and Leeds is a considerable achievement.”


  1. I’m sorry but this isn’t going to change the fact that this is one of the biggest & most pointless wastes of money Cornwall has ever known. Throwing money at a problem, like St Austell’s deprivation and lack of heart, whether enviro or not, was never the answer, and I wouldn’t be surprised if in another 10 or 15 years time there’ll be yet another regeneration scheme heaped upon the poor town.

    Hardly got to the route of the issue now has it? Utterly pointless hyperbole.

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