During 2016, BAM Construct UK contributed to the development of Royal BAM Group’s sustainability strategy, as part of our overall strategy ‘Building the present, creating the future’. Throughout 2016 we have continued to engage with the business as well as other Royal BAM Group companies and external stakeholders, to define what sustainability looks like for BAM in 2020 and beyond towards 2050. The new strategy consists of three key themes: Climate Positive, Resource Positive and Enhancing Lives; together with a set of KPI’s to form part of the strategic agenda 2016-2020. The intention is that by 2020 we’re able to start making real step changes towards having a net positive impact in the long term.

For BAM Construct UK these aspirations and new focus represents a natural evolution of our approach over the past five years. 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 have already started to work towards these goals; by collaborating with our supply chain, encouraging innovative thinking, continuing to invest in digital construction and realising the benefits of a circular economy, we aim to have a net positive impact in the future.

In 2016 we continued to develop our understanding of how building’s perform, with the ultimate goal of reducing carbon, and improving the comfort, health and wellbeing of occupants. We recruited a specialist Building Performance Manager to develop our capabilities in performing post occupancy evaluations and ultimately aiding our knowledge about how our buildings performance in-use.

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

During 2017 we continue to support the development of Royal BAM Group’s sustainability strategy, as well as help to establish Group-wide targets and understand how BAM Construct UK can deliver against them.

We worked with PWC to assess our strategy against the UN Sustainable Development Goals, mapping current and future activities to six of the global goals relevant for BAM.

Performance

Our performance continues to be steady. Following our significant achievements to reduce carbon and waste since 2008, we’ve set new targets for 2020 and based these on a new baseline year of 2015 (when our old targets ended). This means they are even more challenging as we have already taken easy wins and so they required renewed efforts across the business.

During 2016 we’ve continued to reduce our emissions, contributing to Royal BAM being placed on the CDP leadership index for action on climate change. Our new targets will include widening our scope to focus on supply chain emissions and the emissions from the buildings we deliver.

Eliminating waste from the construction process continues to be a challenge but we are making good progress. Working with enlightened clients, we are starting to roll out designing for resource efficiency at the early stages of projects.

In our last two year national charity partnership with Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer Scotland, we raised £180,000. During 2016, our employees voted and chose our new national charity partnership for 2017 and 2018 with CLIC Sargent.

BAM is always looking to identify opportunities to pilot innovation. For example, we were successful in securing government funding to trial a hydrogen fuel celled vehicle by partnering with a UK leader in Hydrogen production. We will be using this in our business over the next three years, with the aim or increasing the case for future zero carbon hydrogen infrastructure in the UK. The vans are due to be in use in 2017.

 

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Regent High School, won the RIBA London Sustainability award

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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30 Broadwick Street, 100% legal and sustainable timber

Partnerships 

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

In 2016 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 University of Cambridge, Bradford and Sheffield University, as part of their ongoing work on resource and material efficiency in construction.

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

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

 

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