Sustainable property development
With 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 went one better in 2021 and are now recognised as the leading diversified development company in Europe.
The SDF was launched in 2021 after thorough engagement with the industry.
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.
- See the Sustainability Report on the Sustainability page
How we make a difference
Reducing carbon emissions
Across our development portfolio, we're reducing our operational carbon emissions by 56% compared to building regulations - and well in excess of the 35% reduction required by the London Plan.
Promoting biodiversity and greening London
On average, our sites are delivering 590% biodiversity net gain, helping to support London's urban ecosystems.
Our projects are designed 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% 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% 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% of participants are from ethnic minority backgrounds and 8% have a learning difficulty or disability.