Sustainability

The climate crisis is one of the biggest challenges we all face.

We declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 and have committed to becoming a net zero carbon borough by 2030, with the built environment being a really important part of the story.

At Guildford Park Road we are a looking at a lot of different options to reduce the embodied and operational carbon that the scheme creates. This includes developing proposals that minimise dig-out during the construction phase and designing buildings that perform really efficiently.

We want to add more green spaces to the site whilst keeping as many of the existing trees as we which will improve biodiversity. We will develop a non-gas powered energy strategy and include renewables. We will encourage people to opt for sustainable transport choices by promoting cycle storage and improving access to the bus routes that run through the site.

We know that flooding is a real issue for Guildford and have carefully considered this aspect of the scheme. The site sits outside of Guildford’s flood zones, but we still need to take steps to ensure that rainwater is carefully managed to avoid problems elsewhere. We plan to include features like sustainable urban drainage to manage rainwater on site.

Key sustainability principles
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Diagram showing the retention of existing trees to create a green buffer
EXISTING GREEN

Retention of existing trees

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Graphic showing trees and greenery
NEW GREEN

Addition of new green to improve bio diversity

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Diagram showing water falling on green shrubs and running off into drain
WATER

Sustainable urban drainage

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Graphic showing energy generated by airflow
ENERGY

Non-gas powered energy strategy (ASHP)

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Diagram showing the building's orientation vs the sun
BUILDING

Orientation to maximise passive solar gain

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Diagram showing better efficiency through insulation and reduced thermal bridging
BUILDING

Fabric-first approach to achieve thermal efficiency

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Graphic showing walking, cycling and public transport use
SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT

Promote cycle & pedestrian friendly spaces

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Graphic showing people exercising and enjoying their environment
WELL-BEING

Spaces to encourage social interaction