About / Sustainability
Being sustainable and making sure that we do everything we can to look after our environment is fundamental to our mission.
Our objective is to develop designs which can be constructed and operated sustainably, which have the potential to be adapted to suit changing future needs, and which can eventually be dismantled and recycled at the end of their life.
We take a practical attitude to sustainability and believe that it should be part of a holistic approach, not a bolt-on technology. We concentrate on solutions that offer high sustainable gains for low cost input and work with our clients to reach the most sustainable solution to suit the individual project requirements.
At the University of Surrey, we worked closely with the Project Board and the consultant design team to ensure that our projects spearheaded the formation of the University’s new sustainability vision for their future developments.
During the initial briefing period, we held a Sustainability Vision Workshop bringing together the widest reaching stakeholder groups and consultant team members, to explore what sustainability meant to the team. This included those who study and teach in the spaces and those who maintain the environmental systems.
In these open workshops, we used a process of ‘dot voting’ to establish the overlapping ideas and concerns of the entire team. These points then formulated the Sustainability Vision for the project going forward.
This innovative approach to the sustainable design process has allowed us to provide a robust, flexible and long-lasting asset for the University estate that is efficient to run and considerate in its energy usage.
Alpine Place, a £25m mixed-use development for Jaysam Developments and Network Housing Group, exceeds Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 with 30% carbon dioxide reduction in Dwelling Emission Rate over 2010 building regulations. The commercial spaces achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating.
Stamford Road is a mixed-used development within the London Borough of Haringey. Our aspiration is to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ for the commercial offices and HQM 4-Star for the residential accommodation. As well as adopting the philosophy of ‘Be Lean, Be Clean, Be Green’, we are introducing blue and green roofs to attenuate surface water, a communal service system utilising air source heat pumps and PVs on the roofs to the tallest blocks.
Plevna Crescent, a 72-unit housing scheme in Haringey uses considerate, sustainable design to regenerate a SINC site on an ecology corridor with gabion stone walls and diverse wildflower roofs. CHP, solar power and SuDS ensure the development’s ecological ethos is worthy of its site. Through intelligent site planning, 80% of the homes are dual aspect offering passive ventilation flow and solar gains.