Como, the specialist fit-out contractor, has received Full FSC Project Certification for the refurbishment of a £20 million commercial development in the heart of London. The year-long project at Thomas More Square in St Katherine’s Dock, covered 10 storeys of high end office space following a £20 million investment from the client Land Securities. Works were completed in October 2015.
The project is one of Land Securities’ first fit out projects to achieve FSC Project Certification, after the project proved that 96.7% of the timber used in the construction and interior finishing were sourced from FSC Certified suppliers (FSC Project Certification code TT-PRO-005197).
Thomas More Square used a total of 148m3 of timber, including panelling, partitions and wood used temporarily during construction. It also used FSC certified tropical Iroko timber for the benches in the courtyard outside the building.
Como is a subsidiary of Mace Group – the construction and consultancy company – and the project was audited by Exova BM TRADA. Andrew Butt, Project Manager for Land Securities, comments:
“Land Securities is proud to share this accolade with our partners Como and FSC. Thomas More Square is a perfect example of our commitment to the environment. Holding FSC accreditation enables us to work with suppliers, contractors who share our values, standards and ethics. Through this article, we hope to encourage others to follow our lead.”
Trevor Bacon, Managing Director for Como, comments:
“FSC certification is an increasingly important tool for supporting our clients in demonstrating their wider sustainability goals. We’re delighted to have achieved Certification for Thomas More Square. Many people will recognise FSC certification in consumer products, but this achievement shows its application refurbishment too.”
Andrew Kinsey, Head of Sustainability - Construction at Mace, said:
“This was a very challenging project with high-end specifications. We worked closely with many SME craft suppliers to help educate them on the requirements needed to ensure the chain of custody was maintained for a successful outcome.”
As a Land Securities requirement, all timber must be FSC certified, which ensures the responsible production and consumption of forest products, working towards sustainable solutions by integrating environmental, social and economic interests.
Mace Group and Land Securities are working together on a number of current projects, all targeting FSC Certification. These include Nova Victoria, a £450 million development located on Buckingham Palace Road.