Working with our clients to achieve sustainable design solutions
Sustainability is an integral part of our design approach.
Subject to the agreement of our clients, we work with them to formulate a bespoke sustainability agenda on each project which we integrate into the evolution of the design. We develop a design that is tailored to the needs of our clients, the buildings users’ and the local community and named stakeholders. Inspiration is generated from extensive research and analysis of the site and its context, the client’s brief, the selection of materials and the conservation of energy and water.
Good design is by definition sustainable design, and MJP understand the benefits that can be obtained from the integration of environmental, social and economic concerns into the evolution of a building design.
We are very aware of the more direct benefits that can be obtained for our clients by this approach. We are all now being encouraged increasingly by the government to work together to provide a more integrated holistic approach to development and, increasingly, unsustainable design will be penalised and sustainable design rewarded. Changes to legislation, and local and regional planning policies are creating real tangible pay backs for those who follow a sustainable approach to development, and through a collective understanding of this approach we can all benefit.
Direct client benefits
We consider the measurable direct benefits of a sustainable approach to design include:
- Ability to secure tenants quicker and obtain higher rents
- Planning gains
- Suggesting possible external funding and grants, tax and further government incentives
- Early consideration to current and future legislation and its possible impacts
- Lower running and maintenance costs
MJP also work in collaboration with other consultants to develop an appropriate sustainablity brief for each development.
Sharing the ambition
To realise the full benefits of a sustainable approach, the sharing of ambitions at the earliest stage is hugely beneficial to a project. We have a long record of working closely with our clients, other consultants, planners, local communities and contractors to explore opportunities to create sustainable built environments of high architectural merit.
We recognise that good design that meets the user’s needs is central to a sustainable approach to building design. We place great importance on brief development early in the design process, and we work closely with our clients to help finalise and benchmark their requirements to ensure sustainable principles are fully integrated into the building design.
Benchmarking provides an opportunity to review the cost plan against a project’s sustainable agenda and therefore helps to set realistic targets which the entire team can buy into. We also recommend Whole Life Costing as a method of assessing the cost benefits of the project’s green agenda.
Within our office the Sustainability Group provides research which is disseminated through our CPD programme and internal design reviews at all stages of a project.
For more information about how MJP’s approach to sustainability has been applied to specific projects, please download the sustainability section of our practice brochure here: