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.

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

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

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

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 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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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

Mat 01- Environmental impacts from construction products – Building life cycle assessment Proposed Changes This credit replaces the BREEAM 2014 ‘Mat 01- Life Cycle impacts’ credit. It has been entirely restructured and now requires a whole building evaluation through a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to award any credits. There are now up to seven credits and three exemplary credits available for this issue. A modular structure has been … more

Earlier this week the finalists for the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018 finalists were announced and Greengage are extremely proud to have been shortlisted for two awards: Consultancy of the Year Award and the Sustainable Building Award. The consultancy of the year award recognises the work consultancies are doing to improve the environmental, energy and sustainability credentials of their clients.  Within our submission we provided examples of where … more

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With the launch of the draft BREEAM 2018 New Construction manual last month, we will be examining a select number of credit issues in more detail to understand the proposed changes and potential implications of the criteria that could have a significant impact on the design and construction of a project. We will be providing detailed credit examinations regularly prior to the end of the BRE’s consultation period … more

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With the recent launch of the draft BREEAM 2018 New Construction manual ahead of its expected full launch early next year, we take a look at how opportunities for updating the existing scheme to fit the current sustainability landscape have been met. The Building Research Establishment (BRE) aim to review and update their BREEAM UK New Construction standard every 3-4 years to ensure it reflects current best practice, … more

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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

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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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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