Just Practising client British Land has won two of the prestigious ENDs Green Business Awards 2012, including the Built Environment Award, for which we prepared the submission.
The Green Business Awards are run by ENDs (Environmental Data Services) who publish the well-established and respected journal theENDSreport. Their Built Environment award typically goes to an exemplar building in the field of sustainability, but this year British Land won it for their Sustainability Brief for Developments, which covers their entire £2.1bn development programme. The awards were presented at a gala dinner at Lords Cricket Ground in November.
We are particularly pleased at this success because the judges were not property or construction professionals but environment and corporate responsibility generalists. We identified that rather than submit a single building for the award, the Sustainability Brief for Developments would show the unique way British Land is driving through a truly sustainable building programme rather than focusing on the ‘easy wins’ of individual buildings.
The submission summary stated:
”The British Land Sustainability Brief for Development addresses sustainability throughout the development programme through a focus on improving the supply chain across all major projects.
British Land is leveraging the scale of a £2.1bn development programme to bring about changes in procurement procedures for architects and main contractors and influence behaviour in a significant sector of the UK construction industry.
The Sustainability Brief sets out a clear process, providing clarity to the supply chain, whilst encouraging innovation and stretching project specific targets. By consistency across all projects and not just examplars, British Land is managing change in its supply chain.
You can read the winners report here– The Built Environment Awards (together with extracts from our submission) is on page 4 and the Energy Award, which British Land also won, is on page 9.
British Land is one of Europe’s largest Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and manages, finances and develops some of the UK’s finest buildings. You can read about their Sustainability Brief for Developments here.
Sustainable Developments Executive Sarah Cary is blogging on the British Land website – read her thoughts about the developer’s perspective on the future Part L here.