Our approach to environmental management covers the complete spectrum of our activities, both in terms of how we design our work and how we run our business. Below, we set out how we plan and implement these strategies.
We constantly strive to design schemes that are sensitive to the building and environment in which they sit. We encourage clients to embrace the industry standard BREEAM or SKA rating schemes, which offer frameworks for the assessment and management of the environmental impact of our proposals. We actively select products and materials that have been developed to minimise impact on the environment through the use of recycled materials, reduced energy consumption during manufacture and suitability for re- use or recycling post completion.
As a creative design consultancy, the way in which we run our business directly impacts on the environment in a number of ways:
Transportation – our business is located adjacent to Farringdon Station in the heart of the Clerkenwell design hub. Our location, close to major transport interchanges, maximises our use of public transport and reduces travel costs for the vast majority of our projects that are based in central London. All of our staff use either public transport or bicycles to commute to and from the studio.
Suppliers - many related product and supplier showrooms are also within easy access of our offices, which mean we have reduced the space needed to hold product literature and can keep samples to a bare minimum.
Space efficiency – by taking space with The Office Group, we keep our office space requirements to the bare minimum, as we have access to shared facilities like showers, tea points, breakout lounges and meeting rooms.
Green office – our building at 24 kirby Street has been designed to incorporate:
- Green walls
- Water saving features (smaller cisterns and flow restrictors)
- Low energy lighting
- Recycling (including a wormery)
- Bike storage and showers for cyclists
- Printing – we issue all documents electronically to minimise the need for printed copies and wasteful copying wherever possible.