Our aim is to be a leader in sustainable development, both within the construction industry and beyond in other sectors, and as a responsible business we recognise that we are in a position to influence the industry, Government and business in general to adopt more sustainable policies and working practices.
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
· Contaminated Land
· Ecology / Biodiversity
· Site Deliveries
· Travel to and from the site
· 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.