Sustainability in Practice

Sustainability runs through every aspect of our work across our studios driven by our sustainability team. Our team provides wide ranging support on every project as well as in depth analysis on niche projects.


Our Green Group draws together our in-house expertise and enthusiasm from across our studios. The group offers support to our design, facilities and management teams, developing and sharing the practices’ green knowledge base whilst identifying opportunities for further development and innovation.


We have the infrastructure in place to ensure that the information required to make good design decisions is available. This is achieved through our intranet, monthly Green Bulletin, sustainability specific CPD training sessions and our in house green group.


Our comprehensive approach puts us ahead of others; we are a past winner of AJ100 Sustainability award (in 2011) and were shortlisted in 2010, 2013 and 2014. We are also ISO 14001 certified.





Our bespoke Sustainability Toolkit offers stage-by-stage analysis and support to all of our projects. Organised into three broad categories of Carbon, People and Ecology the toolkits are used to explore opportunities, track development and drive innovation from inception to post-completion.



Our research activities range from assessing the performance of our finished buildings using various investigative techniques to the collaborative development of bespoke software applications. For example, we are currently carrying out a range of POE projects, including our own office and have developed the Passive Design Assistant with ARUP.





Evaluating our finished projects is key to understanding they work. We aim to collect performance information from every finished building. This data is shared across our studios to inform our decision making and refine the design, construction and operation of our buildings.


As well as informing and pushing our design work, our sustainability agenda also applies to our facilities management and operations. We are an ISO 14001 certified organisation and monitor a range of metrics to constantly improve our FM policies. We carry out regular internal audits to identify opportunities for improvement.