PLATFORM_ launches Nurturing Neighbourhoods strategy

PLATFORM_ launches Nurturing Neighbourhoods, its Commitments to Sustainable Living and signs up to the British Property Federation (BPF) Net Zero Pledge.

PLATFORM_'s Build to Rent development in Glasgow. The company has launched its Nurturing Neighbourhoods strategy - its Commitments to Sustainable Living | BTR News
PLATFORM_'s Build to Rent development in Glasgow. The company has launched its Nurturing Neighbourhoods strategy - its Commitments to Sustainable Living.

Build to Rent developer, operator and investor – PLATFORM_ – launches its Nurturing Neighbourhoods strategy, encompassing its Commitments to Sustainable Living.

The strategy sets out how PLATFORM_ will nurture its residential neighbourhoods to address the impacts of climate change, whilst also promoting wellbeing for residents and communities over the long term. 

The Nurturing Neighbourhoods strategy will guide the design, construction and operation of the 4,000 homes in PLATFORM_’s portfolio and pipeline. 

In total, the company has set 24 targets across environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects of its business and the residential communities it develops and operates. This includes targets on embodied and operational carbon reduction, biodiversity net gain, support for charities and communities and sustainability certification standards. 

PLATFORM_ has also signed up to the BPF Net Zero Pledge and the UN’s Race to Zero, as the company aims for all its buildings to become net zero in operation by 2030.

This approach includes increasing on-site generation with the installation of solar panels and air source heat pumps. It also includes enhanced design measures – such as energy efficient LED lighting, low flow rate bathroom products, and PIR sensor-controlled lighting to common and communal areas – to reduce energy consumption.

“Buildings are responsible for around 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. This means that all of us, right across the industry, have a critical role to play when it comes to tackling climate change.

“PLATFORM_’s commitment to become net zero in operation by 2030 is a great example of industry leadership. And by signing up to the BPF Net Zero Pledge, PLATFORM_ have committed to share their insights and experience with others across the sector to help speed the transition to a net zero carbon-built environment.”

Ian Fletcher, Director of Policy, British Property Federation (BPF)

By also moving to all-electric Build to Rent developments, neighbourhoods are positioned to benefit from the national decarbonisation of the grid. PLATFORM_ is now undertaking pilot studies to determine the net zero pathways for its buildings.

PLATFORM_ has also established a Sustainability Steering Group, who will oversee the delivery of its Commitments to Sustainable Living. The Group includes members of each team within the business, which ensures a cohesive approach from site acquisition and development to financing and operation. 

“Our sector must hold itself accountable for driving positive, sustainable change that reduces the environmental impact of the built environment whilst promoting the health and wellbeing of our residents and communities.

“Whilst PLATFORM_ has always acted with this in mind, including being amongst the first to adopt the BREEAM “in use” standard for residential property, it is an important next step for us to crystallise our commitments to sustainable living into meaningful, measurable targets. 

“By incorporating these commitments through planning, design, construction and operation we are confident that our neighbourhoods will be truly sustainable, complementing the thoughtful design, responsive service and best-in-class amenities which they are already known for.”

Jonathan Rae, Finance Director and Chair of PLATFORM_’s Sustainability Steering Group

PLATFORM_ is already delivering against many of its ESG targets. These include paying all employees the Real Living Wage or higher and recycling over 90% of construction waste.

The company’s actions are already benefiting proposed Build to Rent schemes. This includes PLATFORM_’s Milton Keynes development, where the early engagement of a landscape architect and considered design will help the neighbourhood to enjoy a 63% biodiversity gain – significantly higher than the Government’s minimum requirement of 10%.