In 2004 Canary Wharf Group became one of the first developers to create a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP). Through its implementation a suitable living environment for native and threatened species of plants and animals has been created and their establishment has taken place alongside the thriving commercial world of the Canary Wharf estate. Today, the Estate has: 4 urban parks with a total of 24,000m2 of park and amenity … more

Studio Egret West with Carl Turner Architects, Civic Engineers and Greengage have been commissioned by Lewisham Council to lead a major initiative to re-shape Catford town centre. A significant aspiration of the project will be to transform the south circular as well as the interchange of Catford and Catford Bridge stations to release higher quality public realm and a more welcoming town centre environment. Redevelopment proposals for numerous … more

The second edition of Engage has now launched! In this issue we focus on the continued rise of social value and its importance in our industry today. We look at what social value means to different people and dig deeper into how measurement and demonstration of additionality will define success in the future.

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.    

Last week was Green Sky Thinking Week 2018, an annual event organised by Open City to spread best practice for sustainability in the built environment. This year’s theme was ‘People First’, with a task of exploring sustainable design from the human perspective.  This seemed a great opportunity to talk about Clapham Park, a major regeneration project that has been designed with people in mind. From the outset of the Clapham … more

The UK Government think they have part of the answer in the creation of a new fund designed to decarbonise heat in cities across the UK. The Government are committing £320m to unlock over £1bn of private investment in heat networks. The aim is for this investment to deliver three things: Heating that is secure and flexible enough to promote access to new technologies; Heating that is affordable … more

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Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish has unveiled ambitious plans to redevelop Selhurst Park, creating a new Crystal Palace for a new era. The project, which is expected to cost between £75-£100m, will increase the capacity at Selhurst Park from 26,000 to more than 34,000, overhauling a stadium which has been the club’s home since 1924. It will transform the match-day experience for supporters and provide new facilities for … more

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

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In January 2017 at the Sustainable Cities Leadership Summit, the UKGBC and Core Cities agreed to take forward a piece of work to help make sense of how social value is being defined, measured and improved in the built environment. The Social Value Task Group was convened in Autumn 2017 with the aim of providing guidance to policy-makers and developers on how social value can drive higher quality … more

Late on Wednesday evening last week at Lambeth Town Hall, planning permission was granted for Metropolitan to undertake the £1.6bn redevelopment of Clapham Park in South London. Greengage are incredibly proud to have been instrumental in this process, having managed the Environmental Impact Assessment, Energy Strategy, Sustainability, Ecology and Arboricultural work for the scheme. This was the largest ever full detailed planning application submitted, requiring the coordination of … more

Last November saw the relatively low key release of the Mayor’s draft New London Plan. This document provides a proposed update to the existing 2016 London Plan introduced by Sadiq Khan’s predecessor. Hidden amongst the headline grabbing air quality measures and 400 pages of dense policy documentation are nine policies relating to ‘Green Infrastructure and the Natural Environment’. These policies distil the high level environmental principles set out within … more

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GRESB are publishing their Pre-Release of the Real Estate Assessment and Real Estate Developer Assessment on February 15th this year. This is the first opportunity to view the new 2018 assessment and see what lies in store for those submitting their data. Here is a summary of the key updates and changes for consideration before the assessment portal opens on April 1st. We have explored what these mean … more

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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

Since early in secondary school, Geography was my passion due to its diverse and holistic nature. I studied BSc (Hons) Geography at the University of Exeter, where my interest in environmental sustainability grew. I followed my undergraduate degree with studying MSc Climate Change at University College London. This course expanded my knowledge of the physical mechanisms and impacts of climate change, along with developing my understanding of strategies … more

Following publication of the draft London Plan, Greengage have the following energy-related recommendations for new projects: Include Accredited or Enhanced Construction Detailing (ACDs or ECDs) within the domestic architectural package. Residential developments should aim to achieve a 10% CO2 reduction from energy efficiency measures alone. All Greengage developments in 2017 achieved the 10% reduction, including the Clapham Park development. Early dynamic thermal modelling proposed buildings/spaces to understand where … more

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With sustainability having historically been focussed on the assessment of buildings, has the industry been missing a trick by not maximising opportunities offered for sustainable performance by the spaces between the buildings and the intrinsic role they play within the overall development and its long-term function? For years we have known how to design a sustainable building that considers a broad range of issues including energy and water … more

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People have become worryingly disconnected from the natural world. Our green spaces and wildlife are often away from where we live and work; nature has become a novelty. As policy and best practice begin to encourage engagement with all things wild, it’s time to adapt the way we design and manage urban spaces. A good place to start is by looking up… A peregrine falcon rises on the … more

Greengage are currently working with around half a dozen different clients in helping them to answer this question. The short answer is, social value can be defined in many different ways depending upon the local context, type of development or operations being proposed and the way that society will interact with it. In 2012, The Social Value Act (for guidance click here) required public sector organisations to think … more