MPs Visit to EQs Bristol Project

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Our client were appointed as Main Contractor on a new student accommodation development at the existing Brunel House, Bristol. The project involved the restoration of the historic Grade II listed façade and its Horse Bazaar and provided the opportunity to carry out various enhancements promoting local biodiversity. Recognising the achievements of the scheme Thangam Debbonaire, the Bristol West MP and Kerry McCarthy, the Bristol East MP, paid a visit, along with representatives from the RSPB, Bumblebee Conservation, Buglife & Wildflower Turf.bristol 1

Both local MPs are Species Champions; Thangam for the Shrill Carder Bee and Kerry for Swifts, so have an interest in the biodiversity friendly development which can be a case study for other contractors to follow. All the conservation groups had an opportunity to contribute to the development and the local University Roots Community Gardening group will be able to carry out works/studies there in the future.

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There are numerous benefits to urban biodiversity projects like Bristol beyond the initial purpose, including social, health and wellbeing improvements for the local community. The students living on site will benefit not just from the attractive green areas that promote social integration but also from the opportunity to study and get involved with the promotion of UK wildlife.”   C Goldwyn, EQ

 

EQ lead Client to Glory at ciria BIG Biodiversity Awards

EQ double winners at BIG Biodiversity Awards

EQ double winners at BIG Biodiversity Awards

EQ were very proud to be working with RG Group on the Redhill project and have the opportunity to introduce numerous biodiversity enhancements to the local area and community including several schools.  The work resulted in the project being shortlisted for the wonderful initiative that is the BIG Biodiversity Challenge and went on to result in a win not just for the Community Engagement Category they were up for but also taking the Overall Winner 2017!  Well done to the whole team.  Contact us to work on improving the communities in which we live and work.

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REDHILL QUADRANT REDEVELOPMENT

Our client were appointed as Main Contractor on a new development at Redhill, Surrey. The project involved a phased replacement of an existing supermarket, new multi storey car parking, hotel and gym premises, S278 and public realm works with an aim to help the regeneration of the town centre and EQ inspired by the BIG Biodiversity Challenage took the opportunity to introduce several initiatives that involved the community both in the area and on site.

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Our client are delighted with the project getting shortlisted for the ciria BIG Biodiversity Awards and recognised for the wide range of biodiversity initiatives that were embedded into both the project and the wider community.”  C Goldwyn, Environmental Manager

         

 

EQ at Houses of Parliament collecting World Ambassador award

World AmFollowing on from winning a Silver Green Apple ward for Waste Management in the UK, the project went on to compete against more than  500 other nominations in the International Green World   Environment Awards and won a Bronze International Award for Environmental Best Practice.

We were then honoured as a Green World Ambassador 2016 at a special ceremony in the Houses of Parliament this November.

Project highlights:-

  • 78 tonnes of waste PREVENTED
  • Landfill REDUCED by 335%
  • 99.9% of waste DIVERTED
  • Rainwater harvesting and waterless urinals installed
  • Hybrid generators supplied 45% energy
  • New biodiversity created in urban area
  • 1800 trees planted

 Green apple international awards“Our client are delighted with the project getting international recognition for the wide range of sustainability initiatives that were embedded into both the store and the wider community.”            Col Goldwyn, Environmental Manager

 

Plant a Forest In A Day, Help Make England A Little Greener

ForestEngland has one of the lowest levels of tree cover anywhere in Europe so I love the initiative by Heart of England to plant 10,000 trees in 24 hours and help make our country a little greener.  You can get involved and get a tree planted on your behalf free with a chance to name the new forest, visit their website http://www.treesfortrees.co.uk/ to take part and you can also watch live the new forest being created.

Happy FSC Friday

FSC FridayToday is FSC Friday and a great time to remember the importance of ensuring that all timber and wood based products are sustainably and legally sourced.  Not just best practice but meeting all legal requirements and more frequently these days also meeting client requirements.  There were reports in the news this week of the “big four” supermarkets commitments to sustainably sourced timber which is great as together they account for more than 70% of the UKs grocery market.  Major retailers, Asda, Sainsburys, Tesco, Waitrose, M&S and Morrisons have also joined the WWFs Save Forests campaign.  As part of their commitment they will have to ensure that all their own label products come from sustainable sources – a good reason to buy own label as well as the cost savings usually associated. Why not get involved with FSC or sign WWF’s Save Forests campaign - wwf.org.uk/forestswwf add your name to the list trying to stop illegally or unsustainably sourced wood from buying on sale in the UK which worringly it still is.

ON THE WAY TO GREEN GLORY

2015 Green Amb logoEQ working with RG Group has won a Green World Environment Award in the international campaign to find the world’s greenest countries, companies and communities. We competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green World Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and the international awards ceremony will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand on October 19. We have been invited to have our winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow our example and learn from the achievements. The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an international, independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world. They are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.

EQ Win Green Apple Silver Award

Green Apple Award WinnerWe attended the Green Apple Awards today in a glittering Empire Casino, Leicester Square in London.  EQ were delighted when their project with RG Group at Dorridge won a Silver Award in the Waste Management category.

A summary of the projects key achievements are:-

78 tonnes of waste prevented by reuse within local community

4.5% of demolition saved and preventing waste to landfill rising by 335%

99.9% of waste diverted from landfill

Waterless urinals saved 140 litres of water per week

Rainwater harvesting saved 3,000 litres of water

Hybrid generators used, average of 45% of energy supplied

CCS score of 45 -  9 in each section

Biodiversity area created in key urban area

School tree planting programme, 1800 trees planted.

Speak to us to see how we can help to enhance your sustainability on projects and corporately.

EQ Win Green Apple Award for work with RG Group

Green Apple WinnerEQ’s work with RG Group has won a Green Apple Environment Award in the international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.

We competed against more than 200 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for the Built Environment & Architectural Heritage, and will be presented with our trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony in Empire Casino, London, on June 29.

As a result of this Green Apple Award success, we have been invited to apply for the top global honour of a Green World Award and have our winning paper published in The Green Book (the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice) so that others around the world can follow the example and learn from the achievement.

We could also progress to represent the UK in the European Business Awards for the Environment.

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.

The awards are organised by The Green Organisation – an international, independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.

Holidays, Enjoyment and Sustainability – the triple bottom line I like!

Lanzarote YurtsI recently spent time at a holiday destination that is also an ecological development in Lanzarote and wanted to share the experience.  I visited Lanzarote Retreats and stayed in a Mongolian Yurt, the set up is absolutely fantastic and I can’t begin to tell you what it does to the soul to shower outside in the sunshine with a palm tree gently wafting to one side, or experience fresh eggs in a morning picked from the on site hens then, at the end of the day, be lulled to sleep by the natural sound of the sea.  The site is off grid, does its best to recycle as much as possible and minimise energy usage – Yes you can have a holiday and still be sustainable.

Lanzarote was a beautiful unspoilt island with a wild beauty waiting to be discovered.  There was lots to see and do for people of all ages.  I personally love cycling and the island is just perfect for that with little road traffic and the motorist giving cyclists plenty of room.  The island is also great for hiking, unspoilt beaches, art and culture, fabulous restaurants and a bit of wine tasting!

The owner of the development says it perfectly in her recent article The Benefits of an Eco Holiday:-

“At Lanzarote Retreats, ‘Finca de Arrieta’ we pride ourselves on our green credentials, being totally ‘off-grid’ relying on the wind and sun, recycling our water, providing organic produce and numerous other initiatives to ensure we have no negative impact on our environment. When our guests want to leave our retreat, comprising luxurious Mongolian yurts and traditional stone villas, to explore this beautifully unspoilt region of Lanzarote, we even provide them with the latest hybrid electric cars.

However holidays are a very precious time, they are the one time in a year that families can spoil themselves, therefore if ever there was justified time to be self-indulgent and worry less about environment then you could argue this is it. For this reason we see ‘going eco’ as just one aspect of escaping the ‘rat-race’ and the pressures of life. Nurturing and getting closer to the natural environment is good for the mind, but then so is relaxing in lavish surroundings and luxury accommodation.

As providers of ‘eco’ holidays and properties we cannot force our green credentials on people and expect them to choose our locations on that basis alone. We must be more creative and focus on initiatives that add to the guests experience, helping them to truly unwind, sit back and feel totally invigorated by the experience of our natural surroundings. By achieving this we are doing for more to empower people to care about this planet than merely preaching about the importance of sustainability!”

Do check out their website http://www.lanzaroteretreats.com/ for a holiday that won’t disappoint.Cycling Lanzarote