Responsible business

 

Innovation is critical if we are to tackle some of the big sustainability conundrums - how to tackle high volumes of construction waste, for example, or how to increase understanding of embodied carbon impacts.  So we are committed to investing in research and development, and collaborating with a range of partners on these vital projects.

Sustainable development is a rapidly developing area.  For small and medium sized suppliers and subcontractors, navigating and responding to this complex agenda can be extremely costly and challenging, so we are committed to working with our supply chain to make sure that they are able to meet the high standards we set.

Value for money is a key consideration for our clients when they commission capital works.  But the true cost of a building goes beyond its design and build price.  Other considerations - how much it will cost to heat and power, how long the building will remain fit for purpose, how expensive it is to maintain - often remain hidden.  Here at Willmott Dixon we are leading the way in whole life assessments, making sure that clients and customers can base their decisions on the true cost of a building over its lifetime.

The latest research is showing what we have known for many years - that better buildings can have a huge impact on the people who use them, helping them, for example, be happier, healthier and be more productive.  Clearly then, raising the quality bar on what we build, and influencing the sector to do the same, are key ways in which we can make a contribution to society as a whole.  We also undertake to collaborate with others to engage with government departments and politicians to ensure that policy and legislation continues to demand the very highest standards from our sector.

Our ambitions are to:

Leave a sustainable legacy across the built environment through collaboration across the sector to improve environmental standards, improve design and building quality, and influence government.

Drive continuous improvement and the delivery of innovative solutions by working with our clients and supply chain, to maximise collaboration and integration.

Champion whole life assessment as our overarching approach to projects, so that the true cost of a building's use is visible to clients and end-users.

How We Manage Our Environmental Impact

We are committed to systematically managing our environmental impact at each stage of our project processes, from design through to handover. These processes are underpinned by our ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System.

 
 
Site Environmental Auditing
Before the start of building works on site we will review all aspects of the project, to identify where it risks having a negative impact on the environment. These may include:
 
·         Site Waste Management
·         Site Water
·         Flooding
·         Contaminated Land
·         Archaeology
·         Ecology / Biodiversity
·         Site Deliveries
·        Material Procurement
·         Travel to and from the site
·         Noise
·         Air Pollution
 
Each site is unique, so, together with a suitably qualified ecologist, we create a bespoke assessment for each project. We make sure we understand and comply with our legal obligations in each of these areas. We put in place systems and actions which minimise risk and mitigate negative impacts.
 
Before we start operations on-site we complete an initial risk profile which forms the basis of an audit that we carry out regularly.
 
Recognising that the environmental risks associated with each project will change during operations each environmental, we review the environmental risks score at each site visit and adjust the system accordingly.
 
As part of our ISO 9001 and 14001 management system certification we are regularly audited by the BSI across our offices and sites.
 
In 2012 our Housing division was audited on eight occasions throughout the year. The BSI auditors expressed no concerns with our implementation of both the ISO 9001 and 14001 management systems. 
 
All of our sites were legally compliant in 2012 and we have received no environmental prosecutions.