Bovis builds a sustainable future

Builder Bovis Lend Lease is proud of its new development in central London. All the timber came from sustainable sources

The Central Saint Giles office is being built on behalf of Legal & General and Mitsubishi Estate

The Central Saint Giles office is being built on behalf of Legal & General and Mitsubishi Estate

The building on the right is the Central Saint Giles office development in central London being built by Bovis Lend Lease on behalf of Legal & General and Mitsubishi Estate Company. And every piece of timber used in the development came from sustainable sources.

Bovis has achieved full Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) project chain of custody certification - a first for the company since it set itself the target in 2009 for all projects to achieve the certification.

"Full certification gives us independent verification that all the timber used in the commercial and private residential parts of the project is from credibly certified or well-managed forests," said Adam Ajzensztejn, Bovis Lend Lease's sustainability manager.

"Our trade contractors and their suppliers should be congratulated too; it has been a great team effort."

The recently completed, Renzo Piano-designed, £200M project is an office-led mixed-use development with nine new restaurants and private and affordable residential around London's newest piazza.

Bovis achieved three separate certifications for the scheme:

  • full certification for commercial

  • full certification for private residential

  • partial certification for affordable housing


  • The project used around 1,600m3 of timber and 92.8% 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."

    Steve Fennel, project director for Bovis Lend Lease added: "We have already achieved partial FSC project certification for our One Wood Street and One Southampton Row projects in London and we set out to obtain full certification for Central Saint Giles from the start.

    "Both Legal & General Property and Mitsubishi Estate Company were extremely supportive of our aim. With the help and endorsement of development managers, Stanhope, 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 the World Wide Fund for Nature - Global Forest Trade Network (WWF-GFTN) 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.
    bovislendlease.com

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