Although every effort is made to return or reuse pallets on our construction sites, almost all material deliveries rely on them, so they can often build up on sites. At our Materials Innovation Factory project at the University of Liverpool, the team decided to upcycle them into furniture!
BAM is passionate about creating comfortable and liveable buildings for us and for future generations. With the growing importance of understanding building performance, we introduce Paula, who has joined BAM’s sustainability team as Building Performance Manager.
BAM continually strives to reduce carbon emissions, and for the sixth consecutive year we have been accredited with a CEMARS (Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme) Gold Certificate. But emission reduction is often a long process and is something that all countries, companies and individuals struggle to tackle.
Before going into my third year at university, I spent time learning about what BAM’s Design and Sustainability divisions do. I was lucky that my visit coincided with London Design Week, where BAM was involved with the Circular Building exhibition – a temporary structure that aims to show visitors how to adopt a more circular approach to how they live and work.
This year's theme for World Environment Day was ‘Go Wild for Life’, which focussed on wildlife crime and endangered species. While we don’t have any rhinos, sea turtles, tigers or elephants on our sites, we do have the opportunity to support the species living in our own local environments.
Before doing my work experience placement at BAM I would have said that construction is mainly for men and that there are limited jobs within the industry - the main ones being architects, project managers and brick layers. However, after doing my placement I now know there are men and women doing a range of jobs.