28th March 2018
Redrow, the leading UK housebuilder, has become a Gold Leaf member of the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) as part of its commitment to building sustainable homes and communities.
Redrow joins over 400 UKGBC member organisations across the construction and property sector, who collaborate to share ideas, produce cutting edge research and collectively advocate to challenge industry standards and influence policy. Entering the membership at Gold Leaf level puts Redrow amongst an exclusive group of the industry’s aspiring leaders, advocating for transformative change. UKGBC is part of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) network, a global network of over 70 national Green Building Councils transforming the places we live, work, play, heal and learn.
Rob Macdiarmid, Group Sustainability Director at Redrow comments: Redrow, as one of the UK’s leading homebuilders, is focused on developing thriving communities by valuing people and building responsibly.
“Sustainability is something we take very seriously and joining the UKGBC enables us to collaborate across the industry with like-minded organisations.”
Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at UKGBC added: “With the government targeting the delivery of 300,000 new homes a year, there has never been a more appropriate time for housebuilders to demonstrate their commitment to building sustainably.
“I’m very pleased to welcome Redrow into the membership as a Gold Leaf member, a category designed to represent those businesses aspiring to sustainability leadership. We look forward to working together with Redrow for a better built environment.”
Redrow is one of the first UK housebuilders to develop a strategic approach to achieving a net biodiversity gain across all its sites by measuring the ecological value of land prior to development. This approach allows Redrow to take steps to enhance the biodiversity of the area following the creation of new homes and amenities.
In 2015, Redrow was the first housebuilder to be awarded the WWF’s coveted ‘Three Trees’ status for its commitment to using sustainable timber and has just been awarded this accolade again in the second assessment period. Last year, Redrow’s West Country division won an award at the BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards for its Hedgehog Highways at its Glenwood Park development in Barnstaple.
At its flagship developments, Redrow strives to create swathes of green open space. For example, at Woodford Garden Village in Cheshire, the housebuilder is creating 50 acres of green public spaces while half a million square metres of landscaped open spaces was delivered at Buckshaw Village in Lancashire. At Colindale Gardens in London meanwhile, Redrow has dedicated nine acres of public green spaces as part of the 49-acre development. Ebbsfleet Garden City, where Redrow is building up to 950 new homes, is the largest pilot in the Healthy New Town Programme led by NHS England, which includes a range of wildlife habitats.