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A TRULY SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

Picture: Gloucester Services, M5

The foundation for the Westmorland business model is innately sustainable and has been for 50 years

 

That was the way in local rural communities. Food and produce was locally sourced, fresh and handmade. Employees were local too. Buildings were sensitive to the landscape.

 

This is the way we still do business.​​

  • We champion local farmers and food producers, which supports our local communities and keeps our food miles low.

 

  • We make our own food from scratch as you would at home, which reduces the amount of packaging we use.

 

  • We craft high-quality buildings from natural materials and design them to sit harmoniously within their landscapes.

 

  • We work actively to enhance biodiversity on our land.

 

  • We source all of our electricity from renewable sources and send zero waste to landfill.​

  • We value our colleagues and equip them to grow with us, achieving high rates of internal promotion and colleague retention.

  • We provide minibuses to enable colleagues to travel to work, increasing employment opportunities and reducing car use.

  • We employ dedicated community managers to promote colleague wellbeing and community engagement.

 

  • We invest £600K every year in sustainable community development through our Westmorland Community Fund and partnership with Gloucestershire Gateway Trust.

The sustainability model for Tatton Services

In our existing operating businesses we work with Small World Consulting at Lancaster University, which has helped us establish a Carbon Score and an action plan to drive continual improvement. ​

For our proposed new site at Tatton, we have used Ramboll, a globally respected consultancy in the area of sustainability.  We have invested a lot of time working through its Sustainability Design Tool and have identified many actions that, taken together, should hugely improve our sustainability. Having achieved a BREEAM rating of 'excellent' at Gloucester Services, we consider a bespoke approach to sustainability with a focus on carbon reduction ​to be the right way forward at Tatton Services.

The submitted plans for Tatton Services consider all key areas, including CO2 Emissions, Water, Materials and Waste, Health and Wellbeing, Biodiversity and Resilience  through this Sustainability Strategy.

Key Headlines:

  • A Life Cycle Assessment has been commissioned and will be continually updated and improved throughout the life of the project to minimise embodied carbon.  This work has informed the current design and has, so far, resulted in reducing embodied carbon by 20-30%.

 

  • To reduce operational carbon, firstly, passive design features have been embed. Secondly, low and zero carbon technologies have been assessed resulting in ground source and air source heat pumps, solar thermal and photovoltaics all being incorporated within the plans.  This will generate at least 10% of the buildings predicted annual energy consumption from decentralised and renewable or low carbon sources, as well as achieve a 50% reduction in carbon emissions compared to Part L of Building Regulations (December 2021).  Liaison with Manchester Airport has taken place to ensure that the provision of photovoltaics is acceptable from an aviation perspective.    

 

  • Sustainable Transport Options for employees are to be provided.  A Sustainable Travel Fund is to be delivered that will help encourage travel via sustainable means, such as walking, cycling, new or existing bus services, bespoke bus shuttles and car sharing measures.

 

  • Electric Vehicle Charging is a key facility required now and increasingly into the future.  The Tatton MSA electrical containment infrastructure has been designed to be ready to accommodate 54 EV chargers for the MSA plus an additional 42 EV chargers to cater for long stay visitor use at the MSA Hotel and for staff using the car park. 

 

  • The surface water drainage design incorporates 'SuDS' (sustainable urban drainage system), which will deal with the potential for additional surface water with rainwater harvesting and beautiful pond network; and improve water quality using landscaping and planting features, such as gardens and swales, that are beneficial to the ecological environment as well as our landscape.    

 

  • There will be an improvement of at least 20% in general habitat and 10% hedgerow biodiversity across the site as part of on site “Biodiversity Net Gain”.  In addition, we will deliver improvements to Yarwoodheath Covert, a Local Wildlife Site.

 

  • There is a commitment to local procurement, during both construction and operation of Tatton Services.

 

  • Tatton Services will implement a wide range of best practices to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.

 

Further details are set out in the Sustainability Statement and Energy and Electric Vehicle Charging Strategies,  which form part of the planning application submission. 

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