Sustainability

Sustainability – The Crown Estate’s Central London Portfolio

Sustainability Bitesize Programme

  • We run a complimentary bitesize sustainability programme to actively encourage behaviour change, which includes practical ideas that can be applied at work or home.
  • Over 1,700 customers are part of the Central London sustainability network where news, best practice and knowledge is shared.
  • Bespoke sustainability guidance is also available as a complimentary service for all customers.

Renewable Energy 

  • Ensuring that where we procure energy (electricity and gas) on behalf of our customers that it is from a certified renewable supply – 88% of landlord procured electricity is from a renewable source.
  • We also have solar panels and rainwater harvesting on some of our buildings for generating on-site renewable energy and conserving water.

Sustainable Travel

  • BikeDrop offer secure cycle storage in three locations across the West End
  • 1,300 cycle parking spaces and shower facilities in our buildings
  • 250 publically accessible cycle parking spaces since 2016
  • New cycling lanes on Regent Street

Resource Efficiency 

  • The Food Waste Pledge project in 2019/20 saw 13 restaurant customers from grab-and-go to fine dining sign up to be part of a pledge to reduce the volume of food waste they produce.
  • Key stats:
    • 8% reduction in food waste achieved over 10 months
    • 150,000 meals worth of food saved
    • 78,776kg of carbon saved = 200,000 miles in a car
    • Food recycling increased by 10% across the group

Biodiversity

  • Honeybees have lived on Regent Street since 2009 and each Summer we host a series of ‘Introduction to Honeybees’ workshops for customers to learn from the Regent Street beekeeper.
  • The Regent Street rooftop allotments, located in Heddon Street were installed in 2015 and provide customers with the opportunity to grow their own produce. There are 16 table top allotments and a communal herb garden.
  • The portfolio is part of the Wild West End and since 2013, has created up to 3,000m² of green space across The Crown Estate’s Central London holdings through a combination of green roofs, green walls, planters and pocket habitats on both new developments and existing buildings– creating valuable habitats for wildlife and improving the experience for people living, working and visiting Central London.

Developments

  • One Heddon Street – first fully fitted coworking space to achieve WELL Platinum in the world
  • The Marq – first WELL Shell and Core building in the West End