Living legacy

CREATING THRIVING PLACES THAT ENABLE PEOPLE TO LIVE SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLES

It’s pleasing to see how our social value extends beyond Section 106s to a variety of assets, including the public art ‘The Elm Tree of Life’ at our City North scheme, which tells the story of Finsbury Park’s community and history.

Nishil Rajoriya , Real Estate Solicitor,  BLL Champion

Being ranked as the UK’s most sustainable housebuilder in the NextGeneration housing benchmarking report is testimony to our people, investors and supply chain in consolidating and strengthening our Building a Living Legacy strategy, as we journey toward our 2030 goals.

Our purpose and mission are supported through our BLL strategy and our commitment to quality home building, mixed-use development and placemaking. Regenerating and developing solely brownfield sites that are near to desirable social infrastructure, green space and public transport nodes ensures that we are making a positive contribution to the capital’s vision of an inclusive and well-connected city. Our BtR business model, including our delivery of affordable housing, places an emphasis on health and wellbeing and enhanced quality of life for residents and our neighbours.

Telford Homes has been ranked as the UK’s most sustainable housebuilder in the NextGeneration housing benchmarking report 2020. The benchmark was based on performance against a set of stringent criteria and compared to the UK’s 25 largest housebuilders. The judging was overseen by an executive committee made up of Homes England and the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and administered by JLL. The benchmark is designed to increase transparency and improve sustainability performance in the homebuilding sector.

Our schemes incorporate climate change adaptation and resilience strategies supported through low and zero carbon utility along with green and blue infrastructure. These biodiversity net positive developments provide private amenity spaces and public realms that are cognisant of secure by design principles. One example of a biodiversity net positive habitat is our New Garden Quarter development in east London, where we regenerated a former car park into a two-acre landscaped garden including trees, planting and a pond. Given the complexity of our schemes, we collaborate with award-winning architects, urban designers, landscape architects, ecologists and associated experts, to ensure high-quality design and engineering solutions. This integrated approach provides environmental benefits, including urban greening factors compliance and improved air quality, resulting in places that foster community cohesion, improved wellbeing and long-term social value. 

In 2020 we once again implemented our Social Return on Investment (SRoI) framework to improve our social impact. Given the BLL strategy was launched in 2016, during 2021 we will conduct a five year social value review of completed projects to establish our societal contribution; we will learn from this feedback, which will enable us to update our practices, processes and procedures where required.

Encouragingly, and despite the pandemic and its lockdowns, for the fourth consecutive year we have undertaken a socio-economic analysis of the support our schemes bring to their local economies. In virtually all areas we have recorded improvements, these include: the provision of 1,800 direct Full Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs, 1,600 indirect jobs and 1,200 induced FTE jobs with an output of £137 million gross value added (GVA) (2020: £193.8 million) for the UK economy. In response to the Mayor’s challenges of supporting London businesses, we have continued to invest in small and medium sized enterprises and suppliers in or near to the capital. Furthermore, our Section 106 planning payments and off-site Community Infrastructure Levy contributions of £1.54 million continue to benefit local neighbourhoods.

To support our purpose, we continue to set new objectives and targets; our performance can be seen here. In addition, our BLL approach informs our Principal Risks and Uncertainties Register and the materiality aspects, an update of which can be seen here. It was expected that the new London Plan was to be published during the reporting period, to which our BLL Framework and Toolkit (see our executive summary) would have been revised to ensure compliance. Given the delayed publication, these reviews will now be completed in 2021, with an increased emphasis on placemaking and community wellbeing.

Through our advocacy work, we examine emerging policy and regulatory themes, and where appropriate implement requirements into planning applications. In addition, we advocate with like-minded organisations, by way of example, London First ‘Business Manifesto for Delivering Net Zero Carbon in London’ and the Future of London Net Zero Housing exemplar through which New Garden Quarter was a winner of a Civic Trust Award.

Implementing our BLL Toolkit with consultants’ teams in setting vision and supporting complicated projects through planning is creating constructive dialogue and challenging the team to think in an integrated manner. When master planning passive-design strategies, consideration must extend to articulating facades in light of whole life cost assessments.

Rachele Pacifici, Development Manager, BLL Champion

South Kilburn, NW6

235 affordable homes including a high proportion of family homes

In 2017 we were selected by the London Borough of Brent, via the GLA’s London Development Panel, to redevelop the second phase of a multi-phase 2,400 home masterplan for the regeneration of South Kilburn. The project is a partnership between Telford Homes, the London Borough of Brent and their South Kilburn Regeneration team.

Designed by Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios, working with Alison Brooks Architects, Gort Scott Architects and Grant Associates, the scheme is oriented around a reinstated route to the Grade I listed St Augustine’s Church. A modern mansion block typology re-establishes the historic street plan in a series of connected communal and public gardens to create a green sequence of spaces from Cambridge Gardens to Carlton Vale. The placemaking is complemented with a new community hub and energy centre that serves the wider South Kilburn estate.

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