Plymouth’s award-winning construction consultancy, Bailey Partnership, has pledged to become carbon-neutral and deliver all projects to “Net Zero” by 2030 – 20 years ahead of national targets – in a bid to reduce the construction industry’s carbon footprint.
Renowned as one of the biggest contributors to the UK’s carbon footprint, the construction industry is responsible for around 38% of all CO2 emissions in the UK.
As a multi-disciplinary company with many facets and disciplines covering everything from architecture and building surveying to building services engineering, Bailey Partnership is in a unique position to combine synergies and make a difference.
With headquarters in Plymouth and offices from Kent to Cornwall, the consultancy has announced the target across its complete portfolio to mark its 50th anniversary.
To achieve the ambitious plans, a sustainability group with representation from each of the consultancy’s service areas has formed with the purpose of improving the company’s carbon literacy.
The group will shape the future of training and processes, raising awareness of what Net Zero means in real terms so that the 110-person consultancy can actively offer carbon neutral building design.
Bailey Partnership have also signed up to the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge and encourage all RIBA registered practices to do so.
Partner Steve Demuth explains: “Our path towards Net Zero is built on the commitment of our designers who are passionate about finding innovative and cost-effective solutions to help solve the climate emergency issues we are all facing.
“As we have celebrated our 50th anniversary, 2021 has been a pivotal year for us. We have looked back over our successes but more importantly we have looked to the future. At the core of our role going forward is the Net Zero charge; leading the way while assisting, encouraging and challenging our clients and industry colleagues, working together to tackle carbon reduction and champion sustainability.”
Net Zero design in action
The new £6.5m, Net Zero office space will showcase best practice in design and low environmental impact construction and will include parking, a cafe, amenity spaces and biodiversity encouraging landscaping.
The flexible scheme is aimed at start-up businesses and could allow for over 150 employment opportunities for tenants of the site across over 30 varied workspaces.