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.