Many organisations want to control the impact that their activities have on the environment, particularly in the context of climate change. The UK Government has committed to a 60% reduction in emissions and many advocate higher still. This may seem a daunting challenge but we see it as an extraordinary opportunity.
As with any period of dramatic change, the early adopters of new ideas and new technologies are likely to be those that achieve the greatest success. We believe that we can work with a wide range of organisations to help them succeed in a sustainability revolution.
We carry out initial concept studies for our clients that seek to identify the key environmental impacts of their proposals and we put forward solutions for each. These ideas are not limited to architecture - we suggest a broad range of strategic solutions.
This is in many ways a 'divergent' stage in which we seek to maximise the number of possibilities, usually by collaborating with specialists drawn from a multi-disciplinary group. The ouputs from this stage are presented to the client and discussed in details in order to focus on the most promising opportunities - the 'convergent' stage in the process.
Our portfolio demonstrates the advantages of this approach - the architecture is richer and the environmental impact is radically reduced. Several of the projects with which we have been involved have achieved factor ten efficiency savings and, in one case, a factor one hundred saving. By this we mean achieving the same outcome but with tenth or a hundredth of the resource impact. Frequently these are achieved at a lower cost that that of a conventional approach and, equally often, our involvement reveals major commercial opportunities for our clients.
- The Eden Project radically reinterpreted horticultural architecture, is one the lightest structures ever created and is a major tourist destination.
- The Las Palmas Water Theatre proposed a way of creating fresh water from seawater with around one fifth of the energy of a conventional desalination plant.
- The Eco-Rainforest was designed in response to a brief that simply asked for a greenhouse. The site happened to be a landfill site and this led to a solution that transformed a problem into a huge commercial opportunity.