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Lovell shortlisted for top industry sustainability award

Lovell has been shortlisted for the prestigious title of Sustainable Housebuilder of the Year in the 2017 Housebuilder Awards.

Now in their 13th year, the sought-after accolades recognise companies demonstrating leading innovation and excellence, with this year’s winners set to be announced at a black tie ceremony in London on 2 November. The awards are organised by Housebuilder magazine and the Homebuilders Federation in partnership with NHBC (the National Housebuilding Council – the standard-setting body for new homes in the UK).

Students from St Anne’s Catholic High School for Girls in Enfield visiting Lovell’s Electric Quarter development in Ponders End, north London, earlier this year. The visit was part of Lovell’s ongoing campaign to encourage more girls and young women to consider construction careers.

A series of sustainability achievements led to Lovell’s selection as a finalist for the Sustainable Housebuilder of the Year title, including recording our lowest-ever site accident rate, continuing to drive down carbon emissions and waste and sharing expertise with its supply chain partners to help them work more sustainably.

We have continued to build on our strong record for people development and training, increasing the average number of training days each employee receives and delivering initiatives to encourage groups under-represented in the industry into construction careers. Women currently make up over a quarter of Lovell’s employees (26.9%) – a proportion which is more than double the industry average. As part of our Lovell Legacy commitment to invest in the communities where it works, the firm has pioneered the use of the LM3 system, which enables it to demonstrate the economic boost that local areas receive from its projects. On average, each £1 spent on developments generates £2.09 for the local community.

Managing Director Jonathan Goring says: “The commitment to sustainability runs throughout the company. We believe in working responsibly and with care and respect for communities, the environment and our own people. I’m very proud that the professionalism and hard work of our teams across the UK has been recognised by the Housebuilder Awards.”

As part of Morgan Sindall Group, our approach to being a responsible and sustainable business is structured through the Group’s five Total Commitments which provide an action plan for developing sustainable practices and measuring progress. The Total Commitments are: protecting people; improving the environment; working together with the supply chain; developing people, and enhancing communities.