Project Overview

*This case study is featured in UKGBC’s report, How Circular Economy Principles can impact carbon and value.

Sustainability is a crucial driver for British Land as part of its commitment to achieving a net-zero carbon portfolio by 2030 a creating a more significant social impact.

British Land wanted to encourage sustainability and social value during the refurbishment of the offices at Exchange house. Globechain were engaged at the tender stage, and after the pre-demolition audit, KpH identified items suitable for reuse. These were listed on Globechain so local communities and charities could reuse them. Sharing materials for onward reuse helped to lower the waste from the site, save money, reduce carbon and generate powerful ESG data.

Key Sustainability Objectives/ Outcomes

  • 137 tonnes for fittings and furnishings were stripped out for reuse. This saved 3,832.77tCO2e from being released if the materials had gone to landfill.
  • The items were worth £82 316 and has benefited 7559 people through the charities and local community groups receiving the donations.

Notable Approaches And Solutions

Using Globechain enabled British Land to challenge the traditional deconstruction methods. Prioritising reuse from the start of the project meant they could reduce their waste from the site and make an impact on the community. Using the software allowed British Land to monitor and track the impact of the reuse, giving them valuable ESG data necessary for their reporting.

Lessons Learnt

By identifying the items during the pre-demolition audit. The team at KpH were able to manage the logistics of the collections in advance, ensuring that it didn’t have any impact on the program. They were also able to identify potential barriers such as loading bay limitations and building insurance requirements beforehand and devise a strategy.

Education of employees was critical, and training on the software pre-strip out proved high success rates and increased behaviour change when using the system efficiently. KpH also learnt that once they were confident, they could be more adventurous regarding the assets and materials listed.

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