Two sustainable mixed-use developments that encourage biodiversity have been completed on New Bond Street and St George Street by Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP).
The retail, apartment and office spaces in Mayfair gained an excellent rating on the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), which measures the environmentally friendly aspects of commercial properties.
The buildings have bio-diverse green roofs that have been planted with native plants to encourage wildlife activity. Insects, bats and birds, such as sparrows, swifts and black redstarts will benefit from the eco-friendly scheme.
Darryl Tidd, Investment Director at SWIP said he was delighted with the sustainable builds. He added: “The green roofs are also a unique feature in this part of town and we are looking forward to watching the space develop and attract increasing numbers of wildlife. Outwith the obvious benefit of providing bio-diverse habitats, green roofs also make commercial sense – they have a longer life span, need less maintenance and initial capital outlays can be offset through energy savings”.
Jenny Pidgeon, part of Upstream Sustainability Services at Jones Lang LaSalle said: “These two buildings epitomise the company’s approach to responsible property development – combining pragmatism and innovation to achieve strong results for all stakeholders whilst meeting its goals in environmental protection and enhancement”.