Three Workman-managed properties, across different sectors, received ‘Gold Apple’ awards for showcasing environmental and sustainability best practice

Vangarde Retail Park in York, Touchwood Shopping Centre in Solihull and Birmingham Business Park all won ‘Gold Apples’ at the Green Apple Awards this year, presented at the Houses of Parliament on 19 November. The annual awards recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.

Vangarde was awarded a Gold Award for Environmental Best Practice for their efforts in preserving the habitat of the Greater Crested Newt. The retail park was constructed around the newts’ natural territory and the centre management team has worked to improve their environment, constructing tunnels under busy roads that allow the newts to continue to manoeuvre around the site unharmed, conserving their habitat and enabling their population growth to be monitored.

The team has worked with the community to raise awareness of the importance of the species, encouraging the community to get involved in the conservation work. Conservation efforts on the site has reportedly seen a population increase of nearly 50% since the site was constructed.

Touchwood Shopping Centre in Solihull won a Gold Apple for Environmental Best Practice for retail and wholesale energy reduction. They developed and implemented a formal energy management system for the shopping centre. This is similar to the PaveGen floor installed at the Mercury Mall in Romford, a shopping centre managed by Workman Retail & Leisure.

The Romford shopping centre is believed to be the first in the world to install the fixed kinetic floor that generates off-grid energy from the power of footsteps crossing the entrance to the mall. Read more >

Birmingham Business Park was awarded their Gold Award for the Community Cycling Club set up for occupiers of the Park, a great example of occupier and community engagement in delivering sustainability initiatives. Find out more >

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