Sustainable construction

We design and construct all our new buildings and major refurbishments with sustainability in mind: all our projects include features that reduce environmental impact both during construction and when in operation.  By embedding sustainable considerations in our building projects, we also improve our staff and students' health and wellbeing, as well as making our buildings safer and more secure, with lower running costs and fewer maintenance needs.

Our targets

For over ten years we've used BREEAM, and more recently SKA, assessments to help reach our sustainable construction goals.

We aim to achieve a BREEAM standard of 'very good' for major refurbishments and 'excellent' for new builds, requiring us to go above and beyond the Buildings Regulations required levels.  For smaller refurbishments, depending on the scale of the project, we aim for an SKA rating of Silver or Gold.

Our results

We've completed 20 projects which have been certified to either BREEAM or SKA standards, including 11 'excellent' certifications.

Our sustainable features include:

  • solar PV panels
  • a 200kW combined heat and power unit
  • four green roofs
  • a green wall
  • FSC certified wood
  • natural ventilation systems
  • LED lighting.

BREEAM & SKA recognition

Over half of our assessed projects achieved an 'excellent' certification. Read about our BREEAM & SKA-certified projects.

Waste management

Over 90 per cent of our construction waste is either reused or recycled.

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