Berkeley Group Queens Award Winners

The Queen's Award

We are honoured to announce that the Berkeley Group has been awarded the UK's highest accolade for business success - The Queen's Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development.

This is the second time the Berkeley Group has been recognised, having previously won the award in 2008.  

Our award recognises 5 years of continuous achievement in delivering sustainable development. 'Sustainable Development is any activity which ensures a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come'. In particular we were awarded in recognition of the following:

  1. Developing and implementing Vision2020 - our clear, long-term framework for enhancing the success and sustainability of the business
  2. Our commitment to the Code for Sustainable Homes (we were the first homebuilder to commit all new homes to be designed to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes) and for our Biodiversity and Ecology commitments (in 2010 we committed to appoint an Ecologist on all developments to advise on protecting and enhancing biodiversity)
  3. Our successes in lowering the environmental impact of our activities, including reducing carbon emissions and water use, as well as increasing construction waste recycling
  4. Our significant contribution to society through the Berkeley Foundation (our philanthropic foundation) and new Job Creation Programme (which will provide 250 unemployed people with training and employment)
  5. Our leading work to understand and improve the social sustainability of the communities we create

Highlights of our achievement in this area are:

  • Between 2008 and 2012 we have contributed close to £1 billion in tax, and £245m in Section 106 monies to fund transport infrastructure and new community facilities.
  • In 2012, 89% of our development was on brownfield land, compared to a sector average of 70%.
  • 93% of our current live sites are within 500m of a public transport node.
  • Enhancing transport infrastructure: over the last 5 years we have built a new overground station (in Fulham), a river pier (at Vauxhall) and are now building a new station box for Crossrail (in Woolwich).
  • Our health & safety record is outstanding: the Accident Incident Rate on site has fallen from 3.91 to 2.99 over the last five years.
  • We reduced waste sent to landfill directly by 50% between 2008- 2010; and reused or recycled 93% of construction, demolition and excavation waste in 2012/13, up from 82% in 2010/11.
  • Berkeley is now one of the biggest employers in London and our activities in 2012 directly or indirectly supported 16,000 jobs nationwide.
  • To date we have committed  nearly £5m to over 60 separate charities and good causes through The Berkeley Foundation, more than any other developer in Britain.
  • A Carbon Disclosure Project disclosure score of 76 in 2012, against a sector average of 58 and our own score of 71 in 2010.
  • Ranked in first place in the Next Generation Benchmark of the sustainability strategies and performance of the UK's top 25 housebuilders for 8 years in succession.
  • In 2013, 98% of customers would recommend Berkeley to a friend, up from 89% in 2008 and the highest ever reported.