Kingsbridge Estates: Our Environmental and Sustainability Credentials
The Langmead Family are passionate about environmental and sustainability issues, believing in their core business ethics:
“People First – The Environment – Safe – Fair – Local Community”
At Kingsbridge Estates, we ensure sustainable and environmental values are embedded in the way we do business:
Kingsbridge has invested in solar energy options. In 2015, the company installed a new on-roof 250kW system on one of its key properties. Since then, 99% all the power generated has been used by the occupier, who has also installed electric car charging points.
A large solar array was installed as part of the original build for the newly built Drayton Unit in 2017. Solar power contributes over 10% of the property’s energy needs.
Kingsbridge led the planning and public consultation for an open array 30 acre, 5mW scheme at Selsey that is now built, being the first scheme of its type in the district.
It is the company’s aim to invest further in renewable technologies where there is a commercial return, and where cheaper electricity might benefit Kingsbridge customers.
Filtration by reed beds
Natures Way Foods (NWF) is actively engaged in recycling at its sites at the Kingsbridge managed Chichester Food Park. The company have found a simple yet environmentally friendly way to filter and recycle the water from its onsite manufacturing units by installing nearby reed beds.
These reed beds effectively treat the waste water, which is then stored in a reservoir and used to irrigate lettuce crops, thereby creating a “virtuous water cycle”. The company has also created three wildlife ponds to support flora and fauna and protect endangered water voles.
Vegetable waste and composting
NWF collects all its raw material waste: peelings, stalks and stems from its manufacturing sites, which is then composted and used as fertiliser in the fields where its sources its leaf producer and vegetables.
Since 2000 we have planted approximately 6,200 hedge shrubs and trees at Chichester Food Park. The site was an airfield in the Second World War and then in intensive agriculture. Our programme has been to improve the landscape and plant native mix species, in copses and hedges, creating a wildlife corridor north to south across the site. We agreed a rain water drainage scheme deed with the County Council as an estate wide set of commitments which led to the use of open attenuation ponds combined with landscape improvements.
Kingsbridge developed The Courtyard at Vinnetrow Business Park from the original brownfield site. The development achieved West Sussex’s first EPC A-rated office building and was rated BREEAM ‘Excellent’ for its provision of 10,000 sq ft of space. The EPC system shows the energy efficiency of the site, and the BREEAM award is much wider, considering accessibility, ecology, materials and many other factors.
As part of the refurbishment of Cumberland House, Southampton, we installed the most efficient LED lighting and energy efficient air handling systems to improve the Energy Performance Certificate of the building. We also retro-fitted insulation in the external walls to provide a more efficient and comfortable working environment.
Kingsbridge Estates firmly believe a sensitive approach to the environment includes protecting England’s heritage. The company and its architects were awarded a coveted Heritage Award to recognize their restorative work to the Grade II* Listed 40 North Street and for the addition of an ‘Orangery’ to the west elevation. Kingsbridge found documents going back to 1750 which assisted in the restoration of a lost feature archway onto North Street.
The company’s policy is not just to future proof buildings against the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards which are now in force, but to upgrade where possible, recognising that both potential future taxation charges on environmental performance and business community expectations will affect value.
Our development activities can have impacts upon the community. Accordingly we will:
- Ensure that there is a policy – and direct action – for environmentally sensitive construction.
- Require contractors to provide and adhere to an environmental policy, ensure their adherence to recycling and waste regulations in particular.
- Utilise BREEAM and Energy Performance Certificates as primary standards for our developments’ sustainability.
- Design in mitigations against climate change.
- Fully implement and follow up advice from ecologists and environmental experts to minimise the effect of development.
- Consider whole life costs including end of life disposal and recyclability of materials.
- Ensure that any payments we make to local authorities for sustainable transport contributions are followed up and utilised for the benefit of the local community.
- Ensure that all properties particularly those exposed in the landscape, are of architectural merit or interest, and are designed to reduce visual impact where appropriate to do so.
- Prevent pollution and use the minimum energy, water and gas.