Professor John French and the UEA Enterprise Centre, Norwich
Professor French’s skills (and his experience with the UEA project) will enable us to provide hugely attractive and sustainable environments, but which are still commercially viable.
Our Ethos and Focus
Our focus is sustainability, and not just in the building sense.
In August 2019, we announced that Professor John French has joined our Board as Director of Sustainability. He pioneered the development and delivery of the UEA Enterprise Centre which is widely acknowledged as the UK’s greenest commercial building, winning over 30 awards.
As a result of John’s direct influence, we will be widening the appeal of our West Cambridge site to attract not only businesses who are focussing on Clean-Tech, but also scale-ups and corporates for whom a sustainability ethos is a key part of their social responsibility.
The ethos of all our future developments is to drive sustainability through our business model. We are deploying a framework at Board level to address the seventeen U.N. Sustainable Development goals and seek to provide high quality business facilities that can enable transformational change for businesses. It is core to our values and will be core to our business relationships and the ‘in house’ support we provide to companies. This approach will enable our business to support socially and environmentally responsible and innovative companies to develop and be attracted to co-locate.
This change will address the need to move to a zero carbon economy by 2050 as set out in UK Government Policy, respond to the IPCC Report on Climate Change published in October 2018 and simultaneously create an innovation park that capitalises on opportunities for businesses, innovators and the community in responding to demand in adaptive technologies and technology facing solutions for a clean and green future economy.
Cambridge Innovation Park West; (graphic) a low environmental impact, zero-carbon facility
At the level of infrastructure and the built environment, the new facilities will adopt a range of sustainability standards on an integrated basis that address key performance indicators as measured by external standards and our own. These will include:
- Operational and Embodied Energy and Carbon Cost Monitoring working with CIBSE to drive energy efficiency and the adoption of new lean technologies and standards such as PassivHaus.
- 100 Year Life Cycle Assessment and the use of local, sustainable and bio-based materials and processes with the enhancement of local supply chains, beneficial community impact and standards such as BREEAM.
- The cost-benefit analysis and reporting of progress against our own company Sustainable Development Goals framework and the delivery of improved productivity and well-being through collaborative working environments and the adoption of standards such as the ‘Well Standard’ linked to post-occupancy evaluation (POE) and reporting for three years after building completion.