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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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
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
Our ecologists have had another very busy summer surveying across the country. We have had badgers on the Isle of Wight, bat roosts in Surrey, living roofs in central London, wind turbines in Kent and reptiles in Berkshire. As autumn approaches the ecology team can take a breath (and catch up on some sleep!) although plenty of surveys continue throughout this period. Reptile surveys will run up to … more
Rio de Janeiro unveils itself to the world on Friday as the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games commences. The prelude to the Olympics has been marred by recent controversies, not all of which are culpable to Rio’s unpreparedness. The Russian doping scandal has once again questioned the integrity of international sporting organisations after a string of recent high profile incidents. It is the state of Guanabara … more
It’s been another busy summer so far for our ecologists. We added another face to the team in April when Laura Thomas joined as our new Graduate Ecological Consultant. Laura joined us from the Bat Conservation Trust and has been thrown in at the deep end with some of our larger reptile and bat survey projects. We were pleased to see our Senior Ecologist Morgan Taylor nominated as … more
Our upcoming CPD will address the role of Arboricultural Consultants in the planning process to help project managers, architects and planners better understand the requirements with respect to trees and development in light of legislation, planning policy and industry guidelines. Through sharing of past experiences and future challenges, development teams will gain an understanding of how to avoid unnecessary costs delays to development, and how trees can be … more
The idea of health and wellbeing is one that has advanced substantially over the past few years. Yet, for something so intrinsic to our own physical state, it is a concept that remains difficult to comprehend. Part of this difficulty lies in the challenge of defining what ‘wellness’ actually is. Whomever you ask, whether it be a doctor, lawyer or anyone else, will come back with an array … more