Last week Morgan, one of our Senior Consultants, attended a Chartered Institute of Ecological and Environmental Management (CIEEM) training seminar on Biodiversity Offsetting. This day facilitated sensible debate about the value and application of Biodiversity Offsetting between peers from a range of Environmental Consultancy firms. The primary principal of Offsetting is the creation of ex-situ like-for-like (or enhanced) habitat at dedicated offset sites where development stands to irreversibly destroy or degrade in-situ habitats. Many, including the Government, are selling this as a simplified way to address biodiversity concerns within planning. Defra’s pilot scheme for testing Offsetting comes to an end this month, however we can’t help but notice a number of fairly major flaws in the pilot methodology and its practical application. Whilst in some cases it may be an acceptable approach, or at least the best approach we have to work with, Offsetting could stand to complicate development schemes and add additional cost. To discuss how Biodiversity Offsetting may change the planning process with regards to biodiversity in the near future call one of the Greengage team on 020 544 3995.
Greengage acted as sustainability consultants and BREEAM assessors, from pre-planning through to post construction, on the recently completed, new build Premier Inn, located at 12 Kingston Road, Tolworth. … more
Whitbread Premier Inn, Tolworth
GRESB is the first assessment of its kind to analyse environmental, social and governance performance of the real estate industry at the fund level. It has been welcomed … more
Whitbread PLC is the UK’s largest hotel and restaurant company, operating a number of market-leading businesses including: Premier Inn, Beefeater, Table Table, Brewers Fayre, Taybarns and Costa Coffee … more
Sustainability Compliance Guide
Greengage has worked with Whitbread for a number of years providing both project-specific sustainability expertise and strategic environmental guidance. In 2010 we provided environmental and sustainability support for … more
We are really excited about our first edition of Engage which is being launched today. This is the first in a series of thought leadership pieces around the future of sustainability. In this issue we present the insights given to us by industry leaders in the built environment about how sustainability has changed, what the barriers have been, and what the future for it holds.
Achieving BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ with a Post Construction score of 87.69%, Tolworth Premier Inn is now the second highest BREEAM certified hotel, following Greengage’s earlier success with St Martin’s Lane hub by Premier Inn Hotel. To reach this score, consideration had to be given to every aspect of sustainable design from the early design stage. Greengage acted as sustainability consultants and BREEAM assessors, from pre-planning through to post construction. … more
Our very own Rob Miller ran the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 15th April fundraising and raising awareness for the WWF. There was a slight twist, he would run the entire marathon in a panda costume including an enormous panda head! He managed to complete the marathon with a smile on his face and a lot of sweat not helped by his fury friend! The whole point of this … more
The draft London Plan and Environment Strategy both contain big ambitions for the capital. Morgan Taylor scrutinises the proposals. The draft London Plan was published by the capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan last November. It aims to build on the progressive policies set out in the Greater London Authority (GLA) draft London Environment Strategy from August, putting into practice the environmental commitments made by the mayor in his election … more