Delivering a united vision of sustainability

At Unity, we know how to bring the benefits of visionary Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) designs to life for customers and communities alike. Helping a vision to become a reality, to radically improve customer experience and local quality of life. Our combined team of industry-leading experts from Sir Robert McAlpine, VolkerFitzpatrick and WSP have an incredible track record of doing just that.

BREEAM success

For example, Sir Robert McAlpine recently delivered British Land’s first ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM score with 100 Liverpool Street. The team’s commitment to sustainability ensured that the building earned a post-construction certification of 89.2 per cent. The team went above and beyond expectations by raising the BREEAM certification from ‘Excellent’ which was achieved during the design stage, to ‘Outstanding’. Included within the score was a 94 per cent score in Management. This rating demonstrates that even on a logistically and technically complex project, a BREEAM score of ‘Outstanding’ sits well within our team’s delivery capabilities.

Meanwhile WSP is proud to have played an integral role on Curzon Street Station – as lead consultant shaping a strategy that led to an unprecedented 55 per cent carbon emissions reduction, over the 120-year lifecycle. Responding to HS2’s ambitions, the Curzon Street team was responsible for weaving a sustainable, future ready thread throughout the design. For example, over forty opportunities for carbon reduction were approved and integrated within the Scheme Cost Plan, reducing the station’s lifetime emissions by over 87,000tCO2e. Actions taken on the scheme have been further validated through the pursuit of the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, and WSP continues to work with HS2 to push the scheme to an ‘Outstanding’ rating.

In addition to this impressive breadth of experience, VolkerFitzpatrick has been at the forefront of championing sustainability across the industry. It has delivered more than 50 projects to excellent environmental standards, all of which have achieved a high-performance score.

Our absolute focus and commitment to sustainability goes far beyond delivering projects that reduce carbon emissions. As a partnership, we’re committed to minimising our impact on local people and the environment, so much so that we’re constantly striving to raise the bar and redefine what sustainable delivery means for our industry.

Why we do what we do

As an industry we cannot ignore the impact of our work on the environment, that is why our partners work with their supply chain, design partners, and clients to maximise project environmental benefits from the outset. Environmental policies were once looked upon by some within industry as a tick-box exercise. Our partners have never seen it this way and are proud to be spearheading policies, innovations, and original thinking, to reduce carbon emissions and limit their impact on people and planet. From VolkerFitzpatrick’s recent Green Apple Environment Award for innovation, to Sir Robert McAlpine’s shortlisting for Fen Court in the Environment & Sustainability Initiative of the Year category at the Construction News Awards, and WSP’s commitment to halving the carbon footprint of its designs and advice by 2030, at Unity we are underpinned by an ethos that lives and breathes sustainable working practices and principles from design to delivery and into operation.