Community Sustainability Strategies

We have been working closely with clients to develop sustainability strategies that go beyond the delivery of traditional sustainability documents at the planning stages to focus on health and wellbeing, sustainable communities and long-term client value.

Particularly for residential led schemes this has become a greater consideration in the absence of the Code for Sustainable Homes. In addition to developing a residential design code to ensure sustainability considerations are made for the dwellings, the focus has been on ensuring that the spaces between the buildings are utilised in the most effective way possible to support the sustainability ambitions for the scheme.

Traditional policy compliance at the planning stages typically requires the provision of a Sustainability Statement and where commercial buildings are present on site a BREEAM Pre-assessment is provided. However, clients are recognising the additional value of designing large scale schemes to deliver sustainable communities. Where a client looks to hold long term interest in a development the benefits realised of creating a sustainability community are maximised. This is most relevant at the masterplan scale however the growth of the Private Rented Sector (PRS) is also considered to have a growing focus on health and wellbeing.

In support of this approach the scientific community are starting to provide robust evidence that remaining active not only has physical benefits associated but also that factors such as improved diet, exercise and social interaction can help to delay the onset of mental health conditions such as Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Greengage have been working with client Metropolitan and keeping community at the heart of decision making for the regeneration of the development at Clapham Park. In addition to developing the traditional documentation to demonstrate policy compliance, the health and wellbeing of those living, working and visiting the site have been a key consideration.

All commercial buildings will be developed to BREEAM Excellent and all relevant policy of the London Plan and Lambeth Local Plan will be met or exceeded where appropriate. In the absence of a mandatory residential design benchmark the design team have implemented a dwelling design code to ensure that residential dwellings are constructed in excess of industry best practice and with consideration of resident’s future requirements.

A central part of the scheme includes an assisted living block. Following discussion with the client and the International WELL Building Institute, this block is being considered with the WELL criteria as a key element with the intention of being as a minimum ‘WELL ready’ where all criteria applicable at the Shell and Core stage have been considered to allow for future certification if demanded.

The existing site, although in need of regeneration, has a strong community environment and a thorough community engagement program has ensured that the views of existing residents have been accounted for in the redevelopment. The spaces between the buildings offer a significant opportunity to assist in community enhancment. The landscape design encourages connectivity between the spaces and its flexible nature provides inclusive use for a variety of users. Key land uses include those for exercise, growing space, play spaces, nature trails and a variety of seating options.

Greengage continue to support Metropolitan throughout the planning and design phases to ensure that a sustainable long term development is achieved.