Our goal is to create a biodiversity net gain and make a measurable contribution to the natural environment on every development.
Biodiversity Net Gain
Deliver a minimum 10% gain for every new development
We are proud to have led the industry on biodiversity net gain and laid the path for it to become a national legal requirement for all developments.
Since we became the first homebuilder to set our leading commitment to achieving a biodiversity net gain on every site back in 2017, we've calculated biodiversity net gain in the master planning of more than 55 sites, which combined will create more than 550 acres of new or measurably improved natural habitats, in addition to a 155 acre country park at Milton Keynes.
We have a target to deliver a minimum 10% net gain on every site, regardless of its former use.
In March 2023 we were delighted to co-host a Biodiversity Conference with Natural England and the Local Government Association which was attended by over 500 delegates. The Conference aimed to prepare development and local authority professionals for the forthcoming BNG requirements and to generate debate around the challenges and opportunities associated.
Over the next year, we'll be working closely with our managing agents and landscaping teams to ensure that they have the skills to maintain the habitats that we create in the long term.
Environmental Net Gain
Considering water, flooding and air quality
We recognise that construction can have an environmental impact beyond the perceptible changes to nature and habitats, such as the effect on air quality.
We have voluntarily committed to expanding on our established approach to enhancing nature, so that we deliver an even more valuable and holistic contribution to the environment on every site, including biodiversity, water resources, flood resilience and air quality.
In 2022 we partnered with Thames Water to explore the concept of water neutrality and how it can be applied to our sites. At Royal Exchange in Kingston, 45,000 litres per day has been offset through the retrofit of local homes, schools and businesses.
By 2030 we aim to achieve an overall environmental net gain on all developments.
We've completed 54 biodiversity net gain strategies to date, in addition to plans for a country park at Milton Keynes
Our biodiversity net gain sites are set to create more than 550 acres of new or improved natural habitats
Royal Exchange in Kingston will be our first development to deliver water neutrality
Awards, Accreditations & Partnerships
Get Nature Positive
Better Society Awards
Berkeley and Thames Water Win National Award for Water Neutrality
Berkeley Group and Thames Water made a big splash at the 2023 National Sustainability Awards as they claimed the Water Reduction Award for their pioneering partnership at Royal Exchange, Kingston upon Thames.
Biodiversity Net Gain at Kidbrooke Village
Watch this video exploring the results of our very first biodiversity net gain project at Kidbrooke Village which has so far delivered a 100% biodiversity net gain.
500+ Professionals Join Cross-Sector Conference Supporting Biodiversity Net Gain
More than 500 delegates from across the public, private and voluntary sectors took part in a major conference exploring biodiversity net gain, which becomes mandatory on many homebuilding projects later this year.
Leading Organisations to Help Create 100,000 Hectares of Healthy Wetlands in the UK
The Prince of Wales joined a meeting of the Blue Recovery Leaders Group, to learn more about plans to create a network of healthy wetlands.