Smart Energy and Sustainability

From boardroom strategy, to real estate portfolios, to strategic land promotion, our energy and sustainability consultants will help you drive net-zero goals, achieve energy resilience, create investor value, and open-up revenue generating opportunities.

Our specialists will help you to navigate the complex and evolving energy and carbon landscape. Whether your focus is on decarbonisation, climate resilience, energy cost savings, energy capacity, investor relations or revenue generation – or indeed, all of these – we will keep you present and relevant with this agenda.

Our areas of focus

  • Net-zero strategy: We will guide you step-by-step on the most cost effective roadmap to net zero so you can view profitability and sustainability as two sides of the same coin.
  • Sustainable masterplanning: Shaping future communities, we deliver strategic and pragmatic energy and sustainability consulting advice to inform masterplanning development and site promotion.
  • ESG strategy and reporting: Responding to the needs of investors, we will benchmark your real estate assets and help you develop an ESG strategy that reflects your organisation’s vision and purpose.
  • Strategic utility management services: We make strategic land and development sites viable by overcoming capacity constraints, reducing energy demand and maximising on-site generation by reducing connection costs and grid reinforcement charges.
  • Renewables & energy storage: We create strategic energy generation and storage schemes to maximise the potential from renewable sources, advising on the most appropriate investment in renewable technologies.
  • Carbon verification and validation services: We will help you to manage, record and verify your carbon footprint claims with confidence and credibility to respond to a range of recognised standards.
  • Sustainability benchmarking and environmental assessments: We create toolkits that benchmark and measure carbon and broader sustainability performance founded on established international frameworks such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We are proud to support our consulting philosophy by being committed ourselves to be a net-zero business by 2030, and by being signed up to the Science Based Targets Initiative. We are also active members of the UK Green Building Council and Business in the Community.

Our track record

Our track record includes:

Forensic whole lifecycle carbon assessment of Vox, Manchester: Acting for Glenbrook, we delivered a complete assessment of their 280-build-to-rent residential scheme in Manchester to provide a blueprint for their ambition to deliver future net-zero carbon developments. We reviewed the existing, high-performing design principles and through the use of leading benchmarks such as LETi, we identified further ways to reduce the overall carbon footprint that will inform their future strategy without a significant impact on capital costs.

Apex 1, Nine Elms, London: We delivered an ESG strategy for the Vinci / St Modwen partnership that is driving forward the development of a 24-storey, 200-home residential scheme as the first of seven buildings on the Apex site at the top of the Nine Elms area of London’s South Bank. As part of our multi-disciplinary appointment, we helped the JV partnership develop a set of ESG principles and goals to attract an investment partner for the PRS elements of the scheme. In addition, we authored the Sustainability Vision and supported the planning submission with fire safety, building services, acoustics and utilities advice.

Proposed 177ha development: We led the stakeholder workshops to shape the strategic sustainability brief for a proposed 1,950-home development in the Home Counties, which includes schools, commercial space and conservation areas. We advised the key partners – a leading university, and a major investment fund – to shape the brief which will ultimately inform the long-term masterplan development.

University of Cumbria: We are undertaking a full carbon management plan, including a detailed Scope 3 emissions study. We have previously delivered a comprehensive study on lifecycle energy costs, savings and carbon implications from rationalising the University’s five campuses, and transforming the existing, listed, Carlisle Citadels site. Lifecycle energy savings exceeding 45% were identified, and our work helped to scope the business case and advise on funding streams to enable the relocation of two existing campus sites to the £77.5m Citadels’ redevelopment programme.

Carbon Management Consultant on the HS2 Central Delivery Area: We have helped implement PAS2080:2016 to assess the whole construction process and reduce carbon and cost through intelligent design, construction and use, which has been verified by Lloyds Register. We have also advised on delivering the carbon reduction targets through design optimisation and efficient construction methodology.

Heat decarbonisation strategy for Worcestershire County Council: We are supporting the Council with their roadmap to reach net zero by 2030. We are developing a carbon management plan across their entire estate, assessing all sites and providing costed recommendations to improve the energy efficiency of the estate. We are paying close attention to stranded assets, looking at innovative opportunities to improve efficiencies, and we are advising and supporting the Council on the funding they can secure for remedial work.

Site viability studies for battery storage development company: We are supporting a leading battery storage developer with feasibility studies on a range of sites across southern England and South Wales. As part of our due diligence process and financial modelling, we assess opportunities for other renewable technologies to co-locate with the storage schemes, and support the planning process and technical development.

New Bond Street, Birmingham: As part of our multi-disciplinary team providing technical and environmental consultancy to Homes England, we have supported the planning submission for 762-homes and 2,289 sq m of commercial space in the Digbeth area of Birmingham. Our wind and microclimate studies, and our energy and sustainability report is a key part of the submission with our partners, Avison Young and Allies and Morrison.

3 Sovereign Square, Leeds: We advised the Bruntwood / Kier Property joint venture on a BREEAM strategy for this 90,000 sq ft statement city centre office development. Key components included an energy efficient building envelope, brown roof, excellent access to transport links, cycle spaces and associated facilities, low-flow sanitaryware fittings and VRF space heating and cooling.

Manydown, Hampshire: Manydown is a phased 3,400 home development from Urban & Civic near Basingstoke. As part of our energy and sustainability delivery, we are supporting the procurement of new future-proofed utility supplies for an all-electric scheme with EV charging and are providing advice on a 15-year phased strategy.

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