News Archive

31/03/2014

Giving building materials a new lease of life

At McGee we are proud of the efforts we go to, to reduce, reuse and recycle on average 98% of building materials from our demolition projects to the benefit of the environment as well as the local community – and One Nine Elms in London, one of our latest demolition jobs, is no exception to this.

Buildings, like everything, have a life-cycle and the existing commercial building located at One Nine Elms is being demolished to make way for a new development which will support residential, office, hotel and retail space.

As a company now working directly within the Nine Elms community, we are committed to ensuring local people and businesses surrounding the project benefit where possible.

With thanks to Tamil Uddin, Environmental & Sustainability Manager, Paul Busby, McGee Project Manager, and all the team on site, the Buxton School in Leytonstone has recently benefited from the ‘soft strip’ phase of works. Efforts to reuse and recycle materials identified during this phase has meant the school received numerous pin boards and white boards which are being put to good use in their Special Educational Needs (SEN) department; both within the main Primary and Secondary School.

Milda, SEN Coordinator said: “We are extremely grateful to McGee for donating the items to our school. They are already being put to excellent use within the SEN department.”

Tamil is overseeing all the environmental and sustainability aspects of the One Nine Elms job and said: “Many of us learn to reuse and recycle from a young age, so we’re really pleased to be setting a good example to these young people, showing them that we care for our environment and that it is possible to give all kinds of materials a new lease of life; ultimately diverting waste from landfill.”

The Extant Organisation, currently rehearsing in The Poor School located at King’s Cross, has also benefited as a result of soft strip; and received 120 carpet tiles. The carpet tiles have been put to use in the theatre to help people who are visually impaired orientate themselves around.

Tamil added: “The materials we donate are always in excellent condition and so we’re only too pleased to give them a new home in the local community where they can be put to all kinds of good uses.”

Soft strip of the building at One Nine Elms is currently ongoing and we hope that many other items can be salvaged for use within the community. In the grand scheme of things, the items being donated may seem very little, in terms of scale and quantity, but we know these small donations can make a big difference.

We are proud of our reputation as a business that takes its responsibilities to the environment and the local communities in which we work extremely seriously; but, these considerations don’t just stop at donating unused materials. They can range from informed decisions about the use of transport, noise, dust and vibration monitoring solutions and how we procure new materials. We like to think we become part of the communities in which we work, often donating our own time to local schools, organisations and supporting local charities.