A shocking 30% of landfill waste comes from the construction and demolition of buildings. We think that refurbishment and repurposing will become increasingly key strategies for buildings as we accelerate towards a low carbon economy.
That’s why at Tower Bridge Court (TBC), we are refurbishing an outdated office building and transforming it into one of the UK’s most sustainable workspaces.
To make TBC fit for the future, inefficient features and old furniture had to go, but not go to waste. We have successfully diverted 100% of materials from landfill and we are working with online reuse marketplace Globechain to find new homes for other items with charities and SMEs.
We are especially happy to have been able to donate a number of secure storage cabinets to the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. The cabinets, which would have cost them around £50,000 to buy new, will help them to centralise and streamline their records department.
More than 20 smaller items like tables and chairs have been collected by charities who will use them as part of their work to upskill people and help them find employment.
Other items are not going too far. A local resident who walks past the building every day has already claimed a water feature, which he intends to restore and install in his own garden. As a thank you, he has made a donation to one of our chosen charities, South London Cares, which does valuable work in connecting one generation with another in the local area.
This is all part of our commitment to sustainability and contributing to a circular economy in the best way we can.