During 2017, BAM Construct UK continued to contribute to Royal BAM Group’s sustainability strategy, as part of its overall strategy ‘Building the present, creating the future’. Working with colleagues from across the company, we have defined our key themes of climate positive, resource positive and enhancing lives. For BAM Construct UK these aspirations and new focus represents a natural evolution of our approach. Our ultimate goal remains to have a positive impact, so we can deliver more value for clients and the communities in which we work.

We continue to implement a consistent programme across the entire business to improve measurement and management of sustainability, which we see as key to improving performance. In 2017 we were recertified to the CEMARS Gold Standard and launched new challenging targets to 2020, based on a new 2015 baseline. We also began to report against our target to enhance 150,000 lives by 2020 as part of Royal BAM Groups overall target to enhance one million lives by that date.

We have been particularly proud of the work our trainees and graduates have done as part of our enhancing lives challenge and in recognition they were finalists in the Investing in Talent awards, having delivered 75 students engagement activities, connected with 2,500 students, worked with nine charities and raised £15,000.

BAM FM continued to improve its performance and was placed in the top five of the 2017 Sustainable FM Index and was one of two companies awarded the Gold standard in 2017.

In 2017 we continued to develop our understanding of how buildings perform, with the ultimate goal of reducing carbon, and improving the comfort, health and wellbeing of occupants. We now have an established network of building performance champions across the UK (backed by our board and championed also by a board director). During 2017 we worked with a range of clients to inform their approach to BPE and soft landings, including Coventry University, Lincoln University, ESFA, Argent, the NHS and London Metropolitan Police. 

BAM continues to take a leadership position on sharing best practice, and raising awareness and enabling discussions on important issues such as building performance, digital construction and the circular economy.

We identified six themes and corresponding targets from the UN Sustainable development goals which we will work towards as part of our strategy.

Our history and achievements


BAM has been in business in Britain since 1874. We have a network of offices covering England, Scotland and Wales allowing us to understand our customers' needs, and deliver award-winning buildings.  


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Four Pancras Square won a BREEAM 2018 award for successfully delivering performance and impact in practice


BAM wants to contribute to the wider development of the construction and property sector, and to the British economy. Our staff therefore participate in working parties and industry-leading projects.

In 2017 we continued to get to grips with the circular economy, taking part in a range of projects. We worked on BAMB (Building as Material Banks), a Horizon 2020 project aimed at helping the industry to better understand the design and business model solutions to reducing waste and increasing the value of buildings. BAM Construct UK also held a series of circular economy workshops for members of our supply chain, was involved in designing and building a circular pavilion in London, and worked with Arup to produce a document exploring the benefits that circular business models offer stakeholders within the built environment.

We forged new relationships with academic institutions, including the University of Cambridge, Bradford and Sheffield Universities, as part of their work on resource and material efficiency in construction.

We also supported London Waste and Recycling Board to produce its route map for a circular economy in London.

As a partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, we continue to engage our supply chain on sustainability, by hosting supplier days, developing new guidance and tackling important topics such as modern slavery.


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