At Squire and Partners, sustainability is a key design driver, and we work closely with clients and like-minded consultants to ensure that all aspects of sustainability are integrated in to a project from inception to completion, and beyond. Whilst each project and Client will have their own aspirations and targets, we believe that designing and building responsibly need not compromise profitability but can add value and make for a better long-term investment.
By creating elegant, practical and adaptable buildings that are sensitive to their surroundings, and by using robust materials and detailing, we believe our architecture has longevity and is therefore inherently sustainable. Our involvement with large-scale projects has intensified our commitment to taking full account of the social and environmental issues relevant to urban design.
We have a Green Working Group that meets regularly and aims to keep up to date with the latest thinking and best practice in the industry, and then ensure that this knowledge is shared across the practice.
We review the design and performance of our buildings using the CarbonBuzz database. This enables us to benchmark each scheme against our own projects (both built and in construction) and those on the database, and to compare actual performance with that predicted at the design stage, allowing us constantly improve the performance of our buildings.
We are consistently achieving BREEAM Excellent ratings for our projects, most recently at 5 Hanover Square, Baker Street and the UNISON Headquarters building on the Euston Road.
A number of our senior staff are qualified as BREEAM Accredited Professionals and Certified Passive House Designers and Squire and Partners are members of the UK Green Building Council.
The promotion of sustainably responsible behaviour extends to our own office operations and we constantly review, and look to reduce, our use of energy and resources. This includes recycling, purchasing of sustainable products, and encouraging green transport.