Sustainable design

We try to gain a complete picture of our impacts across the entire project lifecycle, allowing us to design sustainability into every stage.

To assess the sustainability of a development design, we evaluate its environmental, social, and economic impacts. These are reviewed at every step of the contract, from location and construction to use and eventual demolition. We consider the full range of social and environmental issues, including carbon lifetime impacts, ecology, water conservation, flooding, sustainable materials, and waste reduction.

All of our design work includes a safety audit as a minimum. We take this further and aim for independent sustainability certifications where we can, for example the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Award Scheme (CEEQUAL) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.

For example, Three Piccadilly Place has successfully utilised the BREEAM In Use Asset assessment tool to upgrade the FM approach to ‘Very Good’. The scheme is currently on course to achieve an ‘Excellent’ rating (see The S Factor).

We have targeted a number of schemes to achieve BREEAM Excellent, achieving certification in 2012 for four buildings at HMP Low Moss at Post Construction Review stage, and South Shields Community School and Southwark Primary School in Nottingham at Design stage. See also Sustainable solutions for our customers.


Oakville Hospital

LEED Silver in sight

At the new acute-care Oakville community hospital in Ontario, Carillion Canada is working towards the LEED Silver certification.

The building is approximately 30% more energy efficient than the average for hospitals, and contains approximately 10% recycled materials.

Sustainable design solutions include storm water management using ‘bioswales’ and storm water ponds; heat-reducing ‘green islands’ in car parks and other hardstanding areas; car park charging stations for electric vehicles; and the use of drought-tolerant native plants.

There are also pedestrian/cycling routes for site circulation and leisure use, with good connections to perimeter roadways, enabling visitors and staff to walk or cycle around the entire site, as well as access nearby countryside.

Abu Dhabi

Laying concrete

Recycled concrete

At the New York University contract in Abu Dhabi, Carillion is pioneering the use of concrete with 82% recycled content, therefore reducing the embodied carbon of the materials used to build the project. Following successful technical trials in 2011 and approval by the contract designers, the concrete is now being used at the site for blinding (under-floor construction) of temporary areas such as mezz facilities and workshops. The mix includes crushed recycled concrete, which contributes to its high recycled content.

21 projects

achieved BREEAM certification in 2012: 18 Very Good and 3 Excellent


saved by replacing cement with hydrated lime powder, Oman National Museum contract


Most Innovative Use of Renewable Technology, Housing Innovation Awards, UK

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