Future Leap members Boyle & Summers win Sustainable Business of the Year at the Central South Business Awards 2023
This article was written by Boyle & Summers
“We are thrilled to have won this award, it is a wonderful recognition of the hard work and progress being made on our commitments to carbon reductions both in our operation as a business and the projects we design. In 2019 we made an explicit commitment to sustainability in order to make our contribution towards combatting the global climate emergency.
Architect Alex Watson, based at Future Leap Clifton self-selected himself as our Sustainability Champion and in 2021 we, after a lot of work, were certified as a Carbon Neutral Company. This included reviewing all our suppliers, energy use, and work processes, and we also leased two electric vehicles for company use.
Alex led our development of a Sustainability Strategy, details of which can be found in our annual Sustainability Report, published on our website. This highlights our performance against our annual reduction targets on our journey towards becoming carbon-zero by 2030. As architects and master planners, we need clients who want to create sustainable development projects in order to apply our knowledge and expertise. We believe that by making our own commitments we have established our own position, allowing us to more credibly challenge our clients to do the same.
Our company’s commitment to sustainability has been lauded by our peers, especially given our SME status. In a similar way, our sustainable projects are growing in number and scale. Starting with a single low-energy home in Somerset designed to Passive House principles, we are now designing a modular scheme for 40 homes which will be highly sustainable.’
If you have a project with low energy aspirations or would like to have a chat about our Sustainability Strategy, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Alex, he would be thrilled to hear from you.