The construction sector is one of the largest consumers of materials and produces more waste than any other sector in the United Kingdom.
"Offices should support regenerating nature, providing a positive impact on broader biodiversity."
With population and consumption growth projected to increase, there will be increasing pressure on natural resources, creating scarcity and price volatility.
In the UK, offices contribute massively to this waste as they form 15 per cent of the total commercial property sector and 44 per cent of the construction sector’s total value.
Recent global events and the current market conditions indicate traditional perspectives on the sector are shifting. Office occupiers are now considering environmental impacts, policy drivers and economic benefits when designing spaces.
The circular economy provides a framework to support a transition to an economy which creates maximum value from resources and supports circulation of materials while reducing waste and pollution, allowing nature to regenerate.
Offices should support regenerating nature, providing a positive impact on broader biodiversity.
Last year we embarked on the design of the one-storey fit-out of ANZ’s North Colonnade office in London with sustainability a part of every decision made. A new workplace was created based around three pillars of sustainable design - Environment; Health & Wellbeing; Inclusivity - to deliver great value to building users and the community. A particular focus of the project was to reuse the furniture in the old office.
ANZ’s aspiration of being a leading environmental bank came through from day one when the brief pushed the design to have above average circular targets. All aspects of ANZ’s Group Property Sustainability Strategy were incorporated into the design by the British architectural, design and planning practice tp bennett, to help achieve ANZ’s environmental footprint targets, which include a 40 per cent reduction in waste to landfill by 2025.
Furniture is one of the largest contributors to embodied carbon in fit-outs which means it is a great opportunity for circular fit-outs.
The brief was simple: reuse as much as possible, refurbish when necessary and reduce the number of new products.