Bovis Sets Sustainable Timber StandardsBovis Lend Lease, one of the world’s leading project management and construction companies and a GFTN-UK participant, has achieved full FSC project chain of custody certification on behalf of its clients Legal & General Property (L&G) and Mitsubishi Estate Company (MEC) for Central Saint Giles in central London.
This is a first for Bovis Lend Lease, since it set itself the target in 2009 for all projects to achieve the certification. The recently completed, £200 million ($US 308 million) project, Central Saint Giles is an office-led, mixed-use development with nine new restaurants and private and affordable residential around London’s newest piazza. The project used approximately 1,600 m3 of timber and 92.8 per cent of that was certified as FSC or recycled. The remaining timber used was from well managed sources.
“This is a real achievement for Legal & General Property and Mitsubishi Estate Company and our partners on this project,” said Simon Wilkes, Head of Development at Legal & General Property. “We have almost 700,000 square feet of development at Central Saint Giles and to deliver that with full FSC certification is no mean feat. All the stakeholders involved with the project had to work extremely hard to gain the certification and this gives an indication of the strength of the partnership and our commitment to sustainability.”
“We set out to obtain full certification for Central Saint Giles from the start,” said Steve Fennel, Project Director, Bovis Lend Lease. “Legal & General Property and Mitsubishi Estate Company, were extremely supportive of our aim. With the help and endorsement of development managers, Stanhope Plc, they reviewed the design specifications from architect, Renzo Piano, and made alterations where needed. This meant we were able to move forward and with the help of all trade contractors manage the procurement and delivery of timber to the site as required by the FSC Standard.”
The project was audited regularly by BM TRADA—an FSC accredited certification body—to verify that all timber used was compliant and that the Bovis Lend Lease procedures were being effectively managed.
Bovis Lend Lease has an established reputation for responsible timber procurement in the UK and has been an active member of WWF’s GFTN-UK since 2000, consistently improving its procurement of timber to credibly certified sources during this time. It is also targeting FSC certification on a number of other projects under construction.
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