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Mon September 27 2021

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Severn Trent Centre in Coventry records impressive 91% recycling performance

26 Aug 10 Severn Trent Water's new operations centre, in the heart of Coventry and now virtually completed by contractor BAM, has diverted a staggering 91% of its construction waste on site away from landfill, smashing the company's already demanding 80% target.

The impressive result has been achieved by employing innovative industry-leading technology, says BAM.

BAM’s Environment Manager, Charlie Law, said: “Together with the Building Research Establishment (BRE), we’ve designed bespoke software which takes environmental measurement further than any other software currently available to the industry. We can measure instantly the carbon footprint, waste performance, water and energy use of every BAM site in the UK.’

Severn Trent Centre’s carbon footprint is recorded at less than four tonnes per one million pounds of turnover – less than a third of the company’s target figure for progress.

Ian French, Project Manager for BAM at the Severn Trent Centre, said: ‘This is a building that has ‘designed-in’ many measures to put it at the forefront of sustainability in the way it’s built and in the way it will be occupied and managed. It’s a credit to Severn Trent that it wanted to set such high standards, and it is delivering to Coventry one of the greenest buildings in the UK, and a credit to the team on site they have set this exceptional benchmark.’

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Ian’s team has another reason to be cheerful. BAM’s approach to working with the community and its neighbours on the site has just been awarded another excellent score from independent inspectors. The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) visits over 10,000 sites every year in the UK and awarded the Severn Trent Centre’s construction team 38 points out of 40, with maximum scores for its environmental measures, cleanliness, being a good neighbour, and for safety. Fewer than one in every 70 sites inspected ever achieves such a high score.

Added Ian:  ‘It’s great for the team to have achieved this exceptional independent rating, and it also reflects well on our partnership with Severn Trent which has been fantastic. Our head office is in Coventry and the people here are already neighbours to us. We live and work here and the City means a lot to us.’ The site team also raised money for Sherbourne Fields School and Bernardo's.

Severn Trent Water’s Director of Property Ted Pearce is delighted by BAM’s achievement. 'We set very demanding standards for the overall ‘green footprint’ of our new centre, and this is undoubtedly an excellent result for both BAM and ourselves.

The challenge now is to continue to operate our new building to similar high standards and to continue to deliver top performance in energy efficiency, recycling initiatives and operational performance.' 

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