Sustainable property development

With more than 97 sustainability indicators on environmental sustainability, social impact, and economic development, the SDF represents one of the most comprehensive and results-focused frameworks of its kind in the world.

This metric-driven tool is helping us become London's leading sustainable developer, resulting in high-impact projects for the public good.

In 2020, as a first time applicant we received a five-star rating from GRESB, the industry's leading international sustainability benchmark. We have gone one better in 2021 and we are now recognised as the leading diversified development company in Europe. 

Our approach to sustainability

The Sustainable Development Framework aligns with our overall approach to sustainability - this ensures we continue to build a better and more sustainable city for Londoners.

Our Sustainability Report details our approach and the benefits of our activities under the three pillars of Society, Economy and Environment.

How we make a difference 

Reducing carbon emissions 

Across our development portfolio, we are reducing our operational carbon emissions by 56 per cent compared to building regulations - and well in excess of the 35 per cent reduction required by the London Plan. 

Promoting biodiversity and greening London 

On average, our sites are delivering 590 per cent biodiversity net gain, helping to support London's urban ecosystems.  

Our projects seek to intensively green the urban environment. We have achieved an average Urban Greening Factor of 0.42 across our portfolio. 

Home Quality Mark 

Our robust sustainability approach means we have achieved an average Home Quality Mark (HQM) rating of 4.4 Stars across our portfolio, with 45 per cent of our schemes at 4.5 Star - the highest ever level of certification in the UK to date. 

Creating jobs, providing apprenticeships and diversity in employment 

As part of our development programme, we have set up a series of construction skills training academies. These have seen almost 2,500 apprentices trained for skilled construction work, with 78 per cent of trainees coming from unemployment. 

Through our construction skills programme, 791 trainees directly entered employment as a skilled construction worker. Within our construction skills programme, 65 per cent of participants are from ethnic minority backgrounds and 8 per cent have a learning difficulty or disability.