With spring creeping up on us, the ecology survey season soon begins again. Have a look at our Ecology Survey Timetable to let you know when’s best to start surveying at your site. Click Here for Greengage’s Ecology Survey Calendar

Research undertaken by Greengage identified that a knowledge gap and lack of quantitative evidence was seen as the key barrier to uptake of H&W principles. With this in mind, our Green Sky Thinking event focussed on sharing approaches undertaken by Grosvenor and Greengage to help progress thinking on the topic. Specific learnings included: An introduction to the Grosvenor’s Living cities philosophy and how this sets the framework for … more

Thursday, 5 May 2016, marks the end of Boris Johnson’s tenure as the Mayor of London. The key candidates in line to be his successor are: Zac Goldsmith, of the Conservative Party; Caroline Pidgeon, of the Liberal Democrats; Sian Berry, of the Green Party and Sadiq Khan, of Labour. In this piece we explore what their sustainability and environmental commitments will mean for the future of London. There … more

GRESB, the assessment standard for Environmental, Social Governance (ESG) in real estate has launched a new Health & Wellbeing module as part of the 2016 update. At a packed event hosted by Legal and General on 12 April, GRESB Co-Founder Nils Kok explained the reasons that the topic has become so important for property investors and developers. Spending on healthcare is rising as a percentage of GDP, as a … more

Here at Greengage we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver truly sustainable solutions through a holistic, innovative and no nonsense approach. We asked our expert team to describe how we apply our wealth of knowledge and experience to support our clients through Social Impact & Social Value Reporting, and CSR initiatives. Watch our video below to where we discuss our work within the social sustainability sector. [youtube … more

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM London South Bank University, Clarence Centre for Enterprise & Innovation, 6 St George’s Circus, London, SE1 6FE Campus map (Refreshments served at 8.30/Event 9-10/Networking 10-10.30) This event is being run as part of Green Sky Thinking Week. The potential benefits of designing for health and wellbeing are being widely discussed in 2016. This event aims to build on the well … more

Greengage has been appointed as one of five ‘best in class’ sustainability experts who will be giving strategic support to Aberdeen Asset Management on a new Sustainable Development Framework. The new framework will ensure that all aspects of sustainability are proactively considered for all of Aberdeen’s major refurbishments and new development projects in the UK. This includes energy efficiency post occupancy evaluation, health and wellbeing of occupiers, local … more

In our latest CPD, Greengage will help project managers, architects and planners to understand what is required from project teams with respect to ecology and development, particularly in light of recent changes to guidelines, and potential future changes to protected species mitigation and licencing. Ecology is often a contentious subject in development and it can be valuable to have a sound understanding of what to expect, and how … more

Our Senior Ecological Consultant, Morgan Taylor is speaking at an event being run by CIRIA. The event, taking place on 23 March at CIRIA’s offices is titled Monitoring biodiversity: lessons learnt. The event will showcase a range of measures used to monitor biodiversity on site with a focus on lessons learnt and delivering good practice. Morgan will be speaking about the challenges and opportunities of Monitoring Urban Biodiversity Post-construction. The event … more

We are very pleased that Mitch Cooke, Director at Greengage Environmental, was a member of the judging panel for the Corporate Achievement Award 2016 for Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). This award recognises a successful initiative undertaken to benefit the natural environment by organisations and the initiative can be local, national or international. It can involve, for example, practical initiatives to benefit nature, effective local … more

Economic Rewards of Green Infrastructure Evidence supporting the economic case for green infrastructure (GI) is steadily mounting up, with a wider spectrum of benefits than was originally anticipated. Now there is hope that the London Infrastructure Plan 2050[i] will provide the first long-term and city-wide approach required to maximise these benefits for London in the future. Remunerations from investment in green infrastructure range from climate change mitigation, to … more

In our latest CPD, Greengage will help project managers and planners to understand the relevance of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) within the built environment, and the process of how and why they are used.  Health & wellbeing is fast rising to the top of the built environment agenda. In the last year, health & wellbeing has been a core subject at many industry leading events. Most recently it … more

Here at Greengage we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver truly sustainable solutions through a holistic, innovative and no nonsense approach. We asked our expert team to describe how we apply our wealth of knowledge in a way that provides our clients with bespoke ecology and arboricultural advice. Watch our video below to see our team discuss their work within the Ecological and Arboricultural sectors.

As the ecology survey season rapidly approaches, many protected species, including bats, reptiles, dormice and great-crested newt, are becoming active. As you can see from Greengage’s Ecology Calendar the survey season for particular protected species runs until September. However, it may be necessary to undertake surveys at different times throughout the season, so it’s important to consider the ecological constraints of a development site early in the pre-planning … more

A few weeks ago Defra, with the support of the Office of National Statistics, released their data[i] on biodiversity indicators for benchmarking progress against the Biodiversity 2020 strategy[ii] – England’s nature conservation strategy that provides a basis for the policy approach to biodiversity, set against our international and EU commitments. The data show mixed results for conservation targets with many notable indictor taxa/receptors in decline, including wetland birds, … more

Greengage has donated £200 to Macmillan Cancer Support through our Christmas newsletter which focussed on 12 new projects for Christmas. For every click we promised to donate, so thanks to everyone for their interest. You can read the articles below: Elephant & Castle One of the largest regeneration programmes in Europe will create 3,000 new homes and over 50 shops and restaurants over the next 10 years. Read more here… Hub … more

Recent bad publicity for the Environment Agency could influence how new fines are applied to businesses and make organisations reassess their attitudes towards energy use. From 2016 the Environment Agency (EA) will look to recover their operating costs of £10m through the enforcement of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme and subsequent fines on large organisations. From the beginning of February the Environment Agency will, therefore, be hunting businesses … more

On 12 December governments from nearly 200 countries agreed to limit global warming to ‘well below 2C and to pursue temperature increase to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels’. Now that the dust has settled on this historic deal, we look at what the implications and opportunities are for our sector. Intended nationally defined contributions (INDCs) from governments (pledges to curb or cut emissions) are a significant aspect recognised by the … more

Sophie Street approached Whitbread plc and Greengage when researching the hub, St Martins Lane, as part of the Construction and Sustainability module, for her MSc in Real Estate, at Oxford Brookes University. Sophie was tasked with compiling a case study on a “green” building, and chose the hub in Covent Garden due to its BREEAM rating amongst many other things. Sophie interviewed Geoff Cook (Senior Project and Programme … more

My last blog focused on the threat of reduced protection for our most valued wildlife conservation sites. Thankfully initial comments from Brussels were reassuring, and the headlines satiated my smugness by stating more or less what I had written; Directives work, nature is valuable, enforcement is broken etc etc.  That’s fantastic, so far the consensus is that wildlife conservation legislation is fit for purpose, and many of those … more