As world leaders and leading construction industry figures meet in Glasgow for the COP26 climate change conference, the project has also been taking its own steps to promote sustainability.
New site hoardings have recently been erected around the site, designed by students from Birmingham Metropolitan college with the brief of raising awareness of Single Use Plastics (SUP). Most plastic materials are derived from fossil fuels, including oil and gas, and the process of manufacturing and disposing of these materials emits greenhouse gases. Tackling plastic consumption can therefore help to reduce the threat posed to wildlife and marine species, and lower carbon emissions.
The hoardings were inspired by the SUP Ambassadors programme, a project developed with students from Eden Boys’ School, that aims to raise awareness of SUP and its impact on the environment, people and wildlife. Three designs were shortlisted, and instead of one winner being chosen, the three designs were combined to produce a final display which can now be seen on hoardings at the site.
Lendlease, together with construction partners, also sponsored the production of a new book aimed at educating primary school children on single use plastics, which was launched at Calshot Primary School, and will now be distributed to primary schools across Birmingham.
Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “We’ve reached yet another significant milestone on the Perry Barr Residential Scheme as we celebrate two million hours worked on the site. This is a huge step to delivering much-needed new homes for Birmingham, and I look forward to seeing this vibrant new neighbourhood take shape.”
The tallest building on the scheme tops out at fifteen storeys and the first residents are expected to move in during 2023. The scheme is part of the wider £700million-plus regeneration of Perry Barr in the north-west of the city, including improved leisure and community facilities along with upgraded transport infrastructure.
Lendlease are the Management Contractor for the Perry Barr Residential Scheme, working with Kier, Willmott Dixon and Vinci UK to deliver the project.
Anna Evans, Lendlease’s Project Director for the Perry Barr Residential Scheme, said: “This is a major milestone, particularly in the face of challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. But it’s the positive impact on the local community and our efforts to raise awareness of the importance of sustainability that will have a lasting impact, and it’s something Lendlease will continue to strive for as we aim for net-zero carbon by 2025 and absolute-zero by 2040.”
Notes to editors
Social value targets for the Perry Barr Residential Scheme are as follows:
- 333 new jobs have been created (83% of target of 400 jobs)
- £206,164,305 local spend within 30 miles (168% of £122,455,350 local spend target)
- 2,158 volunteering hours have been achieved (216% of target of 1000 hours)
- 1,257 people upskilled on site (126% of 1000 target)
- 35,536.5 work placement hours achieved (355% of 10,500 hours target)
Find out more about the Perry Parr regeneration scheme at https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/50253/perry_barr_regeneration