13 May 2019

The Crown Estate updates its Development Sustainability Principles to incorporate broader sustainability ambitions

The Crown Estate has launched its updated Development Sustainability Principles (DSPs). To be applied across all of The Crown Estate’s development activity in Central London and across its Regional portfolio, this third version of the DSPs aim to put people at the heart of developments.

The new DSPs place a greater focus on achieving positive social and economic outcomes, in addition to delivering best-in-class sustainability results. They set out a framework to support the creation of places which deliver positive experiences for customers and communities, and environments which are healthy, productive and accessible for all.

The principles also establish new ambitions around embedding long-term resilience and value into developments by ensuring that they can adapt to the changing needs of customers and users, anticipate future energy demands and respond to climate change.

With the publication of the latest DSPs, The Crown Estate has reconfirmed its commitment to working in partnership with its supply chain, partners and consultants to deliver on its sustainability goals. The principles also articulate The Crown Estate’s ambition to continue to innovate in the approaches and techniques applied throughout its development activity.

Since they were first launched in 2013, The Crown Estate’s DSPs have delivered significant impacts across its developments. They were the driving force behind 7 Air Street becoming the first listed building to achieve BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ status and inspired The Crown Estate to form the Wild West End partnership, bringing green space and biodiversity back into London’s West End. Most recently, the DSPs have informed the design and build of The Marq, the newest retail and office development to complete in St James’s.

With its latest version of the DSPs, The Crown Estate has placed a focus on:

  • Customers – buildings will deliver healthy, productive, accessible environments.
  • Community – developments play a positive role and integrate with local communities.
  • Resilience – spaces will be flexible and adaptable over the long term.
  • Efficiency – assets should minimise costs and resource use.
  • Innovation – working in partnership with the supply chain, developments seek to identify continual improvement.

Matthew Giles, Head of Development and Project Management, The Crown Estate, said: “We believe our buildings and the spaces in-between should help our customers, their employees, the public, and our stakeholders, achieve their goals. Ultimately, we believe that these principles help create sustainable destinations where people want to be, where our customers are more successful, and where we improve the environment and communities around us.”

Read our latest DSPs

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