Johnston & Mather have always aimed to apply best practice to all our work, directly and indirectly, and this includes being aware of the impact of what we do on the environment. This is an increasingly important issue and all who work here are aware of it and apply it to their contribution to the Practice.

Building Regulations define statutory minimum levels, and wherever possible we try improve on these so as to achieve best practice with regard to environmental issues, particularly on matters concerning noise pollution and heat insulation. The new Part L Regulation apply to some of our work. Those on the architectural and planning side of the practice are aware of these regulations and apply them, and keep themselves up to date on all such environmental issues. Sustainability is not just about the use of materials, but also involves consideration of other environmentally significant events such as the energy cost of production and we need to be aware of these.

In our CDM work we aim to apply best practice and ask the same from contractors with whom we work. We lay down guidelines in the relevant sections of the Pre-Construction Information document on

  • control of noise and dust
  • disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste
  • removal of asbestos
  • pollution of controlled waters

and require that contractors develop these in their Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan. Our commitment to best practice also means being aware of environmental issues when scrutinising risk assessments and method statements. When considering these we will always bear in mind the possible impact on the environment of the proposed action for the removal or amelioration of risk, and request reconsideration of the proposals where the proposals could be redeveloped to be more environmentally friendly.

In our own office we use recycled materials where possible and investigate new ways of recycling waste, stationery, ink cartridges, etc. We encourage everyone who works here to use public transport or a bicycle where at all possible and to be proactive in safeguarding the environment.

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