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.    

Wednesday 1st August 2018 is Play Day; a national day dedicated to highlighting the importance of play in children’s lives, celebrated by both small-scale community events and large organised events in parks and open spaces across the country. Play is a vital part of children’s development that improves their health and quality of life. Research has shown that access to good play provision can provide numerous benefits including: increased … more

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

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

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

On the 16th and 17th of October 2017 Greengage Associates Chris Burgess and Rob Miller attended the Healthy City Design 2017 International Congress at the Royal College of Physicians, London, where they presented a poster on ‘Quantification of health benefits through urban masterplanning design of public realm’. The poster summarised the work Greengage had undertaken on a development site using the Sport England MOVES Tool to quantify the … more

In Spring 2016 Greengage undertook some original research into the current state of designing for Health and Wellbeing in the built environment. We identified that a knowledge gap and lack of quantitative evidence was seen as the key barrier to uptake of H&W principles. With this in mind, our Green Sky Thinking event focussed on sharing approaches undertaken by Grosvenor and Greengage to help progress thinking on the … more

Research undertaken by Greengage identified that a knowledge gap and lack of quantitative evidence was seen as the key barrier to uptake of H&W principles. With this in mind, our Green Sky Thinking event focussed on sharing approaches undertaken by Grosvenor and Greengage to help progress thinking on the topic. Specific learnings included: An introduction to the Grosvenor’s Living cities philosophy and how this sets the framework for … more

GRESB, the assessment standard for Environmental, Social Governance (ESG) in real estate has launched a new Health & Wellbeing module as part of the 2016 update. At a packed event hosted by Legal and General on 12 April, GRESB Co-Founder Nils Kok explained the reasons that the topic has become so important for property investors and developers. Spending on healthcare is rising as a percentage of GDP, as a … more


Here at Greengage we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver truly sustainable solutions through a holistic, innovative and no nonsense approach. We asked our expert team to describe how we apply our wealth of knowledge and experience to support our clients through Social Impact & Social Value Reporting, and CSR initiatives. Watch our video below to where we discuss our work within the social sustainability sector. [youtube … more


In our latest CPD, Greengage will help project managers and planners to understand the relevance of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) within the built environment, and the process of how and why they are used.  Health & wellbeing is fast rising to the top of the built environment agenda. In the last year, health & wellbeing has been a core subject at many industry leading events. Most recently it … more

As part of World Green Building Week 2015, Greengage hosted an event entitled ‘Designing for Health & Wellbeing’. The event was well-attended by industry peers from a variety of backgrounds and stimulated good debate on the subject. The first speaker, Abena Poku-Awuah, Sustainability Manager, Family Mosaic talked about the steps they have taken to increase the health and wellbeing for their residents including a Greening Communities Project where … more

23 September 8.30-10 As part of World Green Building Week 2015, Greengage Environmental LLP will host a breakfast briefing looking at how designing for health and wellbeing is becoming increasingly important for businesses and those that have a long term investment in developments. The health and wellbeing of staff has an immediate impact on the financial return and operations of any business. Well designed and operated buildings – … more