Tillbridge and the environment
Tillbridge is committed to creating sustainable developments which balance their built environmental impact with the social and economic benefits sustainable developments can deliver.
The performance of all new Tillbridge buildings meets or exceeds current building regulation requirements, ensuring they deliver environmental benefits and also substantial energy cost savings over the operational life time of the building.
To accurately assess the environmental impact of our new buildings we benchmark using the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). All new Tillbridge developments will deliver a BREEAM rating of “Good” as a minimum with very good or excellent possible if required.
Tillbridge is committed to supporting the UK Green Building Council’s mission “to dramatically improve the sustainability of the built environment by radically transforming the way it is planned, maintained and operated.”
Our committed aim is to provide development solutions that are lasting and sustainable and in so doing we make a commitment to protect and care for the immediate and greater environment.
We carefully consider and monitor environmental issues in our planning process and throughout the development processes.
We adopt a clear and focussed approach to sustainable development through remediation of brownfield sites, sympathetic design, and careful selection of materials, imaginative landscaping and an innovative management approach.
We aim to create training and employment opportunities in the areas in which we are developing and we will invest in local labour and partner with both the local supply chain and community wherever possible to ensure our contribution to the developed area is positive.
All our environmental policies are managed through a dedicated ‘Environmental Officer’ to ensure our rigid standards are both maintained and developed to further mitigate our built environment impact.
Tillbridge and Gelder Group: Partners in environmental impact reduction.
The construction industry produces a massive amount of waste, sending more to landfill every year than the U.K.’s 21 million households combined, and the government wants this figure halved by 2012. The Gelder Group has already implemented effective measures to improve its waste management practices by creating Greentech, the group’s own waste management company. It is a fully licensed waste treatment facility servicing the majority of the Gelder Group’s construction sites. Greentech operates two skip lorries under a non-hazardous waste carrier’s licence. Waste is transported off site to the treatment centre at Dunholme in Lincolnshire, located approximately six miles from the head office. Cardboard and polythene are baled on site and waste wood is used to power a biomass furnace that heats the entire facility. The rest of the wood is sold to a commercial outside-composting facility. Scrap metal, plastic and paper waste is sold to local companies to reduce the carbon footprint of these recycling activities. Greentech has so far been a great success for the Gelder Group, achieving a recycling rate of more than 90% (compared to the industry average of 72%), and the company will continue to improve and develop the business as it and the group expands.
In an effort to reduce business mileage, the Gelder Group encourages a car/van sharing scheme. To efficiently supply sites with materials the group operates its own stores facility which, as of February 2010, has been supplied by its own building supplies merchant, Redline BSS. The Redline site is situated less than 3 miles from the head office. The company firmly believe that the road to sustainability can be achieved, in part, by the widespread implementation of renewable energy generation. In addition to the biomass furnace heating, Greentech has installed a Solar Thermal Water system at the head office providing most of the hot water requirements, vastly reducing heating oil consumption.
A rainwater harvesting system capturing run-off from the roofs and car parks at the head office has vastly improved the sustainability of the company’s water usage. The run-off is stored in a 50,000 litre holding tank and is used to flush the toilets and wash the Group’s extensive fleet of vehicles.
The 13 acres of poor quality ex-agricultural land adjoining the head office is in the process of being extensively redeveloped into an ‘environmental reserve’. The main aspect of the project is a new woodland comprising 3,200 native deciduous trees planted in December 2008 and funded in part by the Forestry Commission’s ‘English Woodland Creation Grant’ scheme. The woodland is expected to offset a total of around 80 tonnes of CO2 a year. The other major feature of the project is an artificially created, 1 acre lake. The lake has extensive reed beds and was recently stocked with a variety of freshwater fish. The project also incorporates a 1 acre amenity lawn, areas of wildflower meadow and 1700 metres of pathways made from recycled aggregate gained from our construction sites. It is hoped in the future that the company will be able to open the project to the public to provide a beautiful natural amenity for its neighbours, staff and clients, and create an important enhancement to the local ecosystem by increasing biodiversity and habitat creation.