Muse shares its industry-leading sustainable development strategy post COP26
As the dust starts to settle on COP26, leading regenerator of town and city centres, Muse Developments, has taken the decision to share its own sustainable delivery strategy, which has been underpinning its activity for some time. ‘Our Sustainable Future’ is Muse’s transparent and clear approach that has been setting minimum sustainability and social value standards for its developments.
The firm’s vision is to create sustainable developments that maximise social benefits and enhance the environment for future generations, is underpinned by five key objectives that are the cornerstone for all projects. These are:
Net Zero Carbon – to aspire to deliver developments that are net zero carbon in both construction and during operation
Enhancing biodiversity – delivering a net gain in biodiversity, while providing high-quality green spaces
Circular economy – eliminating waste and improving resource efficiency
Health and wellbeing – delivering high-quality spaces where people can live, work and thrive while positively impacting their physical and mental health
Social value – to have a positive social, environmental and economic impact on the local community and significantly increase social value
In addition to the objectives is a seven-stage process and scorecard that runs in line with Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) design stages, meaning transparency is at the heart of the strategy.
Muse is already delivering and about to deliver a number of highly-sustainable commercial and residential developments in Newham, Blackpool, Manchester, Lewisham and Stockport to name a few. Through its joint venture with Legal & General and Homes England – The English Cities Fund (ECF) – the team is already on site with a speculative 115,000 sq ft office building that is committed to being ‘net zero in operation’ using the UK Green Building Council’s 2035 – 2050 design for performance standard.
Muse is also part of a world first with its supply chain to create two certified Passivhaus developments in Salford that can be delivered with commercially viable modern methods of construction. To achieve this, the team will develop a prototype apartment within the University of Salford’s Energy House 2.0 building that will be tested and analysed to educate the sector throughout the design, procurement and construction process, to make delivering sustainable and energy-efficient apartments achievable.
Matt Crompton, managing director at Muse, said: “Given that world leaders have been in Glasgow for the COP26 conference, we felt the time was now to reveal our robust sustainable development strategy to the sector, that’s providing a clear blueprint for the way we’ve been delivering our developments across the UK for some time.
“What’s key here is ambition, courage and importantly transparency. As a responsible business, we wanted to take the lead and rather than just publish a woolly policy that sits on a shelf gathering dust, we wanted to show something tangible and useable.”
Phil Marsden, Muse project director and sustainability lead, added: “At Muse, we’re passionate about creating vibrant, sustainable places that people can live, work and spend time in. Given our national footprint, we acknowledge that we’ve got a very significant responsibility and a massive opportunity to address the climate crisis.
“Our Sustainable Future strategy is a fresh approach to how we design and build our schemes. For over 30 years, we’ve been delivering places that change lives for communities, but we’re taking it to the next level by having the most positive impact on the environment that we can.”
Muse is part of Morgan Sindall Group plc, the UK’s leading construction and regeneration group, which has a net zero target of 2030 in scopes one and two of the Green House Gas Protocol.