Ecology and biodiversity

We have a responsible and environmentally-friendly approach to work

Any development of land has the potential to have a negative impact on the local flora and fauna. But it can also have a positive impact – for example, where industrial brownfield land is replaced with homes which include gardens or public amenities such as parks. We try to minimise ecological damage as far as possible, protecting plants and wildlife and, where we can, we take advantage of our projects to enhance biodiversity. We are members of CIRIA's Biodiversity Interest Group.

Our approach

Through our Environmental Management Systems, we carry out a pre-construction assessment of the impact the project will have on the surrounding environment. We identify the protected trees and wildlife on site as well as taking into account the ecological requirements of our clients and stakeholders.

During the construction phase our environmental managers will visit each site to ensure the project environmental plan is fully implemented and that any impacts are monitored and reported.

Where we are responsible for planting, we aim to use drought tolerant species that provide best ecological value; these may be indigenous or species suitable for UK climates that will be well adapted to changing climate, soil and pests with projected climate change of habitats.

Ensuring responsibility

Each of our sites has a “biodiversity champion” who makes sure the appropriate method statements are produced and that licences and permits are obtained where environmentally sensitive works are planned. They also promote biodiversity awareness on site using toolbox talks (organised morning meetings), other site meetings and the environmental notice board.

We minimise risk of pollution through best-practice site procedures and by ensuring all our employees are appropriately trained.

10 point plan

As part of our 10 point plans, we are targeting ever-higher Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) scores and on a higher percentage of sites every year. This scheme includes marks for protecting plants, trees and wildlife.

Biodiversity strategy

Click here to read our Biodiversity strategy.