ESG - Bericote Properties
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ENVIRONMENTAL

We are leaders in sustainable development, always putting our environmental impact at the forefront of planning, design and construction, through to operation.

We design and construct our buildings aiming to deliver high quality and efficient facilities, delivering reduced energy consumption and lower running costs for our customers.

We are always lowering the amount of water and energy used, and minimising waste generated during construction and throughout the buildings life. We also introduce recycled and recyclable materials and maximise the usage of natural light as part of our designs.

We are committed to our Planet Mark certification to monitor and reduce our carbon emissions every year.

We are also members of the UK Green Building Council, a platform where we can share and learn about the best sustainable practices in our industry.

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THE FUTURE

As part of our approach to sustainable development, the following ‘green’ technologies represent a shopping list for our customers helping them fulfill their own corporate sustainability policies;

  • BREEAM ‘Excellent’ criteria as a minimum, we have delivered excellent, and we are now aiming for outstanding.
  • Building Air Tightness exceeding Part L of the Building Regulations
  • Installation of a Building Energy Management System (BMS)
  • High COP air conditioning equipment
  • Inverter driven fan drives with variable speed drives
  • Zoned and localised temperature controls
  • Intelligent daylight linked and presence detecting lighting controls to offices
  • External light fittings to be low energy high efficiency with time clocks / photocell controlled with options to upgrade to LED
  • Spray / time released taps
  • Rainwater harvesting system
  • Photovoltaic array
  • Achieve an Energy Performance Certificate ‘A’ rating
  • Improvement in fabric U-Values over what is currently a base requirement in the Building Regulations
  • Rooflights on 15% of the warehouse for increased natural daylight
  • VRV / VRF cooling and heating systems
  • Low specific fan powers
  • High-efficiency, low-NOX boilers with thermostatically controlled radiators to heat the offices
  • Internal light fittings to be low energy high efficiency with options for individual PIR controls and option to upgrade to LED
  • Low water content WC facilities
  • Low water usage showers
  • Energy / fuel and water metering and monitoring
  • Solar thermal water heating

PROJECT HIGHLIGHT

During demolition of the former Littlebrook Power Station site, we were able to recycle 99.1% of materials (a total of 120,624 tonnes), saving £9.1 million in landfill cost. The carbon equivalent saving of demolition is in excess of 2.6million tonnes of CO2.

As part of the whole development we set aside over 6 acres (30% of the site) for permanent open space and biodiversity improvement. On this space we have supplied benches made by a local charity using waste timber from construction, introduced 1 million bees and enhanced the habitat for local rare shrill and carder bees.

In 2021 we completed on our 2.3m sq ft Amazon unit, designed and created for no gas to be used during operation. The roof is fitted with the largest PV scheme in the UK, which now supplies 40% of the building’s operations. The offices have been fitted with a green roof and the flood defences with a green wall.

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SOCIAL

“The six year partnership helped anchor us, empowering us to protect 100’s more vulnerable children, and win The Queen’s award for voluntary service”.

– Neil Henderson, CEO at Safeline.

 

 

£1/2 million in donations by 2022.

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SAFELINE

During our 8 year partnership with Safeline, we have donated cash, time, financial management, office equipment and anything else we can lay our hands on; this has enabled Safeline to protect and keep safe 100’s of vulnerable young people.

Bericote’s support has helped Safeline win the Queens Award for Voluntary service; this is the highest award any voluntary group can get. To view the press release click here.

Safeline are a specialised charity in the difficult subject of sexual abuse and rape. They offer prevention services for vulnerable young people, specialised counselling, practical and emotional support for victims who choose to report abuse to the police and tailored training for professionals who work with survivors of abuse.

YMCA

Since March 2020, Bericote became involved with the YMCA Thames Gateway charity to help support those in need. We have donated weekly vouchers for food and household essentials, supported in the making and delivering of food hampers to local residents (making over 300 Christmas Happiness Hampers in 2020), funded home-school supplies for school children in the lockdown and funded multiple free community events.

In 2021 we organised and hosted a Christmas party for over 75 local children in Dartford. The free event included numerous activities from face painting to bauble decorating, with the Salvation Army band performing and the Bericote Elves handing out special gifts to all at the end.

Most recently we sponsored their new community café in the heart of Dartford. A safe place for people to gather, enjoy low priced quality food and drinks and gain valuable work skills.

Dartford FC

We are proud main sponsors of community owned Dartford football club.

Part of our sponsorship goes towards the clubs commitment to their community. They offer pitches for local sport teams, host community events and competitions and work free of charge with local schools.

We hope our 5-year partnership will not only see a growth in their community initiatives, but also a few titles.

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Home Sponsorship

Hope into Action

Together with Readie Construction and Gestamp Tallent, we sponsored two homes through Hope into Action, Wolverhampton. We then volunteered to refurbish one of the homes, preparing it for refugees or those at risk of homelessness to have somewhere to help them start a new life.

Long-term relationships

The Salvation Army

Bericote have been continuously supporting the Salvation Army since we first began. They have a base local to us, where they dedicate a lot of their resources and time to the homeless. We donate whenever we can and offer pro bono advice, both in-house and from our consultants.

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Helping the elderly

Anchor

We partnered with this not-for profit organisation to give people in elderly homes around London a very special Christmas party hosted at the British Museum. This included a full sit down meal, the Salvation Army choir and a personalised hamper to take home. We also dressed up as Christmas Elves to add to the magic.

Offering friendship

Hospitality Action

We asked Hospitality Action to join us in giving the elderly a Christmas to remember. They brought together those they knew who would be alone that Christmas, which gave them the opportunity to make new friends. For some, the hampers we gave would be the only present they received that year.

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Giving Christmas magic

Castle Froma

We organised a Christmas party in a home for those who suffer from a neurological conditions. Along with a festive meal, we had a magician, choir and a queen look alike to hand out our personalised presents. Unfortunately the home was quarantined due to an illness, but thankfully we managed to move the party to their sister home, and everyone still received their gifts.

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GOVERNANCE

“Our partnership with Bericote has been one of our most successful; friendly, open and committed; they made things happen fast”

John Flynn, Staffordshire County Council.

 

 

 

£21 million in tax contributions.

 

 

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The Bericote Community Charter

Because of our community charter, we have never taken a planning application to appeal, never faced a JR challenge and never had a planning refusal. At every stage of the development process, from site selection, pre planning, planning and construction we aim to:

Work with transparency
Embrace the spirit and requirements of the Local Authority planning policy and Statements of Community Involvement.

Listen to the people
Undertake meaningful consultation with local people and their representatives upon all new full and/or outline planning applications.

Keep close relationships
Pro-actively work in partnership with key local stakeholders to gain their views on our proposals and then seek to respond to concerns through design and layout refinements.

Bericote seeks to regenerate disused contaminated industrial sites and only where these are not available will development on other sites be considered.

  • Tax: At Bericote we believe in always paying full UK tax on all profits made from our operations. We do not, never have and never will use off-shore vehicles or ‘tax havens’ to avoid our UK tax liabilities. We are proud to be a 100% domiciled company.
  • Fair Trade: Bericote seek to achieve best value for money in all purchasing and in return we adhere to suppliers’ settlement terms, and often settle before the due date. As such, we commit to settle all suppliers invoices within 15 working days.
  • Litigation: Bericote and the Directors have never been involved in a single piece of litigation. None of our companies have ever been taken into administration. This is an enviable record which we proudly maintain by only making promises we know we can fulfil. All of our directors have unblemished records.

Equal opportunities

We are always learning to ensure we continue to provide equal opportunities. Everyone should have the same chance at job roles regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, religion or disabilities. We take all the necessary steps to make sure our offices are accessible to any disability and never discriminate.

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