Sustainability

We believe that our activities should have a positive effect on the environment, the community, our clients and business partners and our employees.

We embrace the UN Sustainable Development Goals and are continually working to increase our understanding and position in a truly sustainable world; we are committed to all three pillars of sustainability:

  • We are committed to protecting the environment in our business activities and our services.

    In 2021 we published our first ever ‘2020 carbon report’, calculating our scope 1, scope 2 and scope 3 (business travel) activities.

    We are committed to becoming a net zero carbon business by 2025 by:

    • Reducing our scope 1 emissions by 60% by 2025 against the 2016 baseline
    • Reducing our scope 2 by 50% by 2025 against the 2016 baseline
    • Offset our remaining scope 1 and 2 emissions from 2022 onwards
    • Improve our internal systems to capture all methods of business travel by category, type, mode and distance in line with government conversion factor categories during 2021-22
    • Set a scope 3 reduction target in 2023
    • Offset our emissions from 2025 onwards

    Our Environmental Management System [EMS] monitors our procurement, use and recycling of all key resources used by the business. Our EMS is aligned to ISO 14001 and is reviewed by Senior Management.

    As signatories to Architects Declare, we are committed to help steer our industry and our services towards regenerative design. We are an active voice, supporting campaigns and consultations for positive change from UK GBC, LETI, ACAN and the Architects Journal.

    We have been a long-standing advocate of BIM workflows and are now developing our procedures and processes to include whole life cycle carbon analysis to be considered in all our projects. As a UK GBC member we have adopted their Framework definition for Net Zero Carbon Buildings and are adopting these principles into our standard services.

    Our in-house team of ‘sustainable influencers’ dedicates time to research and development, providing Continuous Professional Development [CPD] training to all of our people. Our CPD programme rotates continually, exploring the UN SDG’s and RIBA sustainable outcomes and how to best create and embed sustainable practices.

    • We are at our best when we can bring our whole self to work. We value, celebrate and embrace our diverse workforce. We ensure that all employees and job applicants are given equal opportunity and that our organisation is representative of all sections of society.

      We are proud of our initiatives such as flexible working, part time roles, job shares and a supportive environment which aims to create a workforce that is diverse, promotes positivity, and instils a can-do attitude in everyone, no matter their background or characteristics. All employees are given help and encouragement to develop their full potential and utilise their unique talents.

      We have an established cross discipline, internal working ‘Social Value Committee’ to drive forward our agenda and alignment to the National TOMS Framework themes. See our full Social Value commitments.

      We are committed to good design that maximises positive social outcomes for the communities in which our projects are based. We aim to create sustainable solutions from the outset, engaging with all stakeholders to identify good social outcomes and set strategies to achieve them including access, inclusion, health and wellbeing, amenity, and biodiversity.

      • Cost remains an important aspect in decision making and cannot be dismissed as we strive for an equitable economic future.

        We are fully transparent regarding our business performance to ensure that all our people are fairly rewarded. We maintain a linked salary system from partner to apprentices, benchmarked widely across the industry and supplemented by bonus systems open to all. As a consultancy business, we continually invest in our greatest asset, people. Facilitating personal development, confidence, encourage initiative and imagination, reward commitment and responsibility maximising the potential of everyone.

        We are committed to provide local businesses with opportunities to work with us and our partners. Our partners and supply chains must share similar values to us and through these partnerships we will pay a fair price on good terms.

        We volunteer our time and skills to charities and community projects. We support similar minded organisations and individuals with direct sponsorship and financial contributions. Using our industry presence, we promote our efforts and maximise exposure for the charities we support.

        As signatories to Architects Declare, we encourage our clients to take a whole life cycle cost approach to our projects.

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