A TRULY SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
Picture: Gloucester Services, M5
The foundation for the Westmorland business model is innately sustainable and has been for nearly 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.
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.
We have identified six key areas for Tatton Services:
1. Low embodied carbon
We are conducting a study to consider the carbon impacts of the building and materials. This will help inform what is used on site.
2. Renewable energy sources
We propose to integrate photovoltaics within the southern aspects of the roof structure, which will generate a large amount of the operational energy requirement.
3. Future fuels (electric vehicle charging)
As demand for traditional fuel changes, we can transform the Fuel Barn to provide alternative fuelling options, such as hydrogen. We will open with 54 electric charging points and infrastructure in place for many more as need increases.
4. Water management
We will install a sustainable drainage system to improve watercourse management in the area. Whenever possible we will utilise low-water technologies to reduce water usage.
5. Increased local biodiversity
We will enhance biodiversity across the site through sustainable water management, landscaping and planting schemes that create opportunities for plant and animal species to establish and flourish, achieving a net gain.
6. Reducing waste
We will implement practices to reduce, reuse and recycle waste, including initiatives to reduce packaging.