Lendlease, the international property and infrastructure group, has been hailed the most sustainable residential developer in the UK by the NextGeneration initiative* for the second year running.
NextGeneration, which benchmarks the sustainability performance of the UK’s largest homebuilders, awarded Lendlease the top spot out of 25 UK residential developers for the second consecutive year. Lendlease scored top marks in 10 out of the 14 assessment categories, and was presented with the Gold Award in recognition of its efforts in driving sustainability, scoring 90 per cent, more than double the industry average (39 per cent).
Each housebuilder is assessed on its sustainability performance, with 15 different assessment sections, and more than 70 different criteria, being judged. These include sustainability governance, reporting, environmental management, health and safety, procurement, place-making, customer engagement and community development.
One of Lendlease’s projects which places sustainability at the heart of the development, and which was singled out as an example of best practice by NextGeneration, is Elephant Park, a £2.3 billion regeneration of Elephant & Castle and one of just 19 projects globally participating in the C40 Cities Climate Positive Development Program. At Trafalgar Place, the first phase to be completed, Lendlease has replaced carbon-intensive materials with greener alternatives including cross-laminated timber and geopolymer concrete, engaged world-leading ecologists to promote biodiversity on the site, and planted 900 trees both on-site and around the area. Lendlease has also built 15 Futurehome buildings to Passivhaus standard, the first in Zone One London.
Paul King, Managing Director of Sustainability and External Affairs, Lendlease, said: “Sustainability is about creating places for people and meeting their needs for the future. Whether that’s building homes to very high levels of energy efficiency or creating green spaces in urban places, we have a collective responsibility to help establish vibrant and prosperous communities which stand the test of time.
“We’re immensely proud to again be recognised in this way by NextGeneration.”
Claire Racine, Associate Director in Upstream Sustainability Services at JLL UK, said: “Winning the NextGeneration benchmark for the second year in a row, Lendlease continues to lead the industry and demonstrate its commitment to sustainable homebuilding. To garner the top result in the hotly contested 2017 benchmark, homebuilders have had to provide robust evidence of best practice policy, implementation and performance for demanding economic, social and environmental criteria.
“NextGeneration aims to create healthy competition amongst homebuilders and ultimately encourage them to deliver more sustainable homes and communities. Lendlease’s success in both the benchmark and the sector shows that building sustainably makes business sense.”