A sustainable future: It starts with great design
We want Canary Wharf to be a circular city. We can only do that with cooperation from our stakeholders, including tenants and suppliers. We engage them continually to drive the partnerships and collaborations necessary to realise our ambitions.
All our projects have sustainability at their core: from air quality and water management to heating and lighting. We design our buildings to be efficient, and to improve the health and well-being of those who live and work in them.
FROM THE GROUND UP – AND BEFORE
We’ve been focusing on project briefs that include sustainability from the outset, including materials, health and well-being as well as sustainability in general. The new briefs will go live in 2019, with circular economy principles embedded in them, from responsible sourcing of materials to the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) we put in place. We also constantly measure and benchmark ourselves externally.
Our Wood Wharf development is a Considerate Constructors Scheme Ultra Site, an example of best practice. As a residential zone, it will also present new challenges, especially for waste management. One of those challenges is around composting. At the moment, there is no set-up within the Borough of Tower Hamlets for people to make their own compost. We’re working with the council to find an answer, as well as other initiatives to ensure Wood Wharf is a model of sustainable development.
Ultra Sites represent the peak of best practice in the construction industry. They seek to exceed the standards of the Considerate Contractors Scheme, not only at the construction site but throughout the supply chain too. By establishing a collaborative approach involving contractors and suppliers, they help to promote shared values and deliver projects within circular economy principles.
The collaborative approach we take across all our projects means that everyone involved shares a vision of what we aim to achieve – which means shared action. Through the collective effort to reduce and eliminate waste, recycling materials and achieve greater efficiency, we, together with our partners, are helping build the circular economy.