We are proud and extremely pleased to announce that 9 Greyfriars Road in Reading has been shortlisted for the ‘Sustainability Project of the Year’ at the 2017 Building Awards, a scheme that Greengage were the BREEAM Assessors, BREEAM AP and Sustainability Consultant for. The scheme at 9 Greyfriars Road involved the full refurbishment of a 1980s building in Reading town centre including a new full height glazing system … more

Greengage is a Housing Design Award Winner with Adam Khan Architects and others for Tower Court, Hackney. Tower Court is at the head of Clapton Common, amongst a busy and culturally diverse residential neighbourhood.  A model for higher-density urban family living, the client’s brief called for particular attention to be paid to the needs of returning residents and the housing requirements of the Orthodox Jewish community. The scheme … more

In 2014-16 Greengage acted as Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Lead Assessors for several organisations, providing energy efficiency advice to identify prospects for investment in energy efficiency projects. One of those organisations was McLaren Construction Ltd who have been leading voices in the industry seeking to minimise the environmental impact of construction activities. When the business was initially assessed in 2015/16 we focussed on identifying the energy use of … more

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Summer has seen the culmination of Greengage’s work to support a planning application for a large, residential-led mixed use development at Clapham Park, London. Greengage were appointed as the energy lead for the development. Additional duties included supporting the environmental design to achieve occupant comfort and provide natural ventilation strategies within some buildings. The project has benefitted from our wider environmental design services to lead the creation of … more

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 … more

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It has been another busy year for our ecology team. After a mild winter and a rainy May the ecology survey season is now in full swing, with the British summer finally upon us. This year, as always, we have been working on a wide range of projects that have taken us the length and breadth of the UK. In April we were pleased to welcome two new … more

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Greengage has been investigating how best to measure and improve health and wellbeing in offices by participating in the Wellbeing Lab project run by the UK Green Building Council this year. The project brought together teams from different companies to investigate the opportunities and challenges associated with gathering physical, perceptual, and organisational data relating to the office environment. The Wellbeing Lab was an opportunity for Greengage to investigate … more

As a GRESB Premier Partner, Greengage was actively involved in the 2017 Assessment through running a workshop on ‘Using GRESB to Deliver ESG in Real Estate’, assisting clients in their submission, and participating in official GRESB training, events and targeted working groups to improve the assessment. Our interactive GRESB workshop in April aimed to provide experienced ESG Managers and organisations benchmarking through GRESB for the first time, with … more

The BRE have recently announced that as of 1st July 2017, there will be a change to the structure and uplift in the fees for BREEAM New Construction scheme. For most BREEAM schemes, project registration fees will rise to £250 (from £195). The most significant change however, will be to certification fees for New Construction schemes, which will now be based on the project area rather than a flat … more

A transformational, mixed-use development proposed in Swansea City has been granted outline planning permission.  The development consists of the demolition of the existing structures and redevelopment of the site to provide retail, commercial, office and leisure use as well as a hotel and residential dwellings. Extensive areas of public realm and landscaping are also included in the proposals. Greengage were commissioned by the Council of the City and … more

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Chris Burgess, Associate at Greengage, has written an article on Property Technology: Improving Responsible Investment. He outlines how the collation of data on a wide range of sustainability issues through mechanisms such as BREEAM allows for: Benchmarking of building design Landlords and tenants to more clearly understand their benefits in terms of running costs A better understanding of the quality of environment created for occupiers. Read the RICS article.

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The new EIA Regulations  came in to force on the 16th May 2017.  This new regulation transposes the 2014 amended EIA Directive into UK law. The new regulations do not contain any unexpected changes and the Government has chosen to keep the changes to the minimum required to comply with the directive. The key changes include: The Screening process has become mandatory and more detailed.  This change is … more

As part of the Green Sky Thinking week of events, Greengage were invited to take part in a hackathon event organised by Open City, in conjunction with Argent Related and BuroHappold Engineering. The term ‘hackathon’ traditionally comes from the IT industry, whereby computer programmers and software developers collaborate in an intensive situation to solve a specific problem. Open City took a similar approach to help answer Green Sky … more

Greengage took part in the UK Green Building Council Wellbeing Lab process that brought together teams committed to investigating health and wellbeing in their offices. Starting in September 2016, the project teams met regularly to share their experiences and engage in a collaborative learning process. Yesterday, the UK Green Building Council published a compendium detailing key insights that emerged from the process. You can read the full report … more

Investors increasingly view ESG as a core part of their investment analysis as its link to Corporate Financial Performance (CFP) in terms of reducing risks, improving performance and building reputation is becoming evident. Thus, there is a clear need for companies to embed ESG considerations in their strategy and business practice, as well as communicating this to the investor community in a clear and substantive manner. The GRESB … more

For the last 6 months Greengage has taken part in the UK-Green Building Council Wellbeing Labs programme to investigate the opportunities and challenges associated with gathering physical, perceptual, and organisational data relating to the office environment. This pioneering programme of work allowed significant problem solving, collaboration between participants and troubleshooting in the application of Health & Wellbeing principles in the built environment. This Green Sky Thinking Week event – 18 May 08.30-10am … more

Natural England’s four new policies herald the biggest overhaul in wildlife licencing in years. The aims are to benefit both European Protected Species (EPS) and developers by prioritising habitat creation at a landscape scale over mitigation at a site level, and enabling developments to proceed without seasonal delays and with significant cost savings. To slipstream these policies, Natural England is trialling a system of district licencing, which would … more

Greengage are very pleased to support Maggie’s. Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks. Greengage are working on the 100 Liverpool Street site for British Land providing sustainability advice and coordination, as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation design direction.  

The growing health and wellbeing agenda, has encouraged an increase in certification to the WELL standard as a way of designing offices to be more ‘healthy’ environments in the UK. This has a range of business benefits from reduced ‘sick leave’ to increased productivity and so has real business value. WELL currently applies only to commercial office buildings, however pilot programs are being undertaken with associated scheme addendums … more

Morgan Taylor our Principal Ecological Consultant and Lisa Lange, Consultant have contributed to the March/April edition of RICS Property Journal (pages 12-13). Their article ‘Nature Counts’ explains why property professionals should all be invested in natural capital and ecosystem service valuation. More information on RICS Property Journal can be found on their website.

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