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
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.
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.
The ESG performance of real estate portfolios is essential for their sustained long-term value. GRESB is used by leading real estate organisations to better manage their assets to achieve this aim. Greengage will be running a free Breakfast Masterclass: Using GRESB to deliver ESG criteria in real estate on 12th April at the Museum of London. The event will focus on the actions within an organisation that GRESB encourages … more
In spite of another long, cold and wet winter our ecologists have been busier than ever travelling the UK undertaking surveys and supporting our clients. Whilst many animals are hibernating in this time, there have been several notable changes in the world of commercial ecology. Most importantly, Natural England’s new wildlife licensing policies will have profound effects on the way that consultants and design teams approach mitigation for … more
The value of assets is vulnerable to factors such as environmental challenges, changing resource landscapes, technological innovation, changes in regulations and liability and evolving social norms. Such changes can result in the devaluation or non-performance of assets, thus making them ‘stranded’. This concept of ‘stranded assets’ has been prominently used to discuss the impact of climate change, such as the increased risk of natural disasters, carbon pricing and … more
From October 2016 zero carbon homes in London has been GLA planning policy, however a recent review of the latest planning submissions shows developments are avoiding, at least in part, the cost of this additional requirement. London Plan policy 5.2. requires that new homes built in London are built to a zero carbon standard with any residual emissions being offset by payment to Boroughs; for most projects this … more
Greengage has donated to St Mungo’s who provide help for homeless people. Our Christmas 2016 newsletter 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 newsletter here.
Merry Christmas from Greengage! As we come to the end of the year we find ourselves reflecting on the achievements and projects that we are proud to have been a part of in 2016. We celebrated 10 years of sustainability in the industry; finalists for Sustainability Project of the Year with Building Magazine; qualified as a Premier Partner with GRESB; a UKBGC Rising Star nominee in the team; … more
Greengage has again supported Better Bankside’s annual winter appeal the ‘Together at Christmas Campaign’. The purpose of the campaign is to give a hand up to those who might not necessarily receive a gift this year and focusses on the local homeless population and those in supported housing e.g. local elderly or young people. The Greengage team donated gifts and participated in a ‘festive wrapping session’ where Christmas … more
A mixed-use redevelopment is set to transform Swansea city centre to include significant retail provision and also a cinema, hotel, arena, student accommodation and new University facilities. A site of this complexity brings with it significant challenges in delivering a sustainable scheme that is not only environmentally sensitive but also that maximises opportunities to benefit the local and wider community. Greengage are working with Rivington Land to develop … more
Greengage have been busy all summer monitoring a wide range of urban green infrastructure projects throughout London and the UK. Our ecologists have been on rooftops throughout the capital studying the many living roofs that we have been involved with over the last few years. We have seen diverse wildflower meadows in the most unlikely of places supporting a wide variety of life. Our detectors have been collecting … more