Berkeley Group is a British property development company that recognises the importance of protecting and enhancing biodiversity. Their aim is to incorporate green infrastructure into all of their developments.
Since 2017, Berkeley has been applying its Biodiversity Toolkit to every new development at the earliest stage of design. This involves measuring the site’s existing nature and developing a strategy to deliver net biodiversity gain. To date, they have applied the Toolkit to more than 25 sites and made a commitment to increase the levels of biodiversity to all their sites.
Green infrastructure has multiple benefits, including the creation of habitats for wildlife and slowing the flow of rainfall to help prevent surface water flooding. Berkeley’s living roofs provide outdoor space for residents, as well as biodiversity benefit. In fact, the green roofs have an innovative mix of substrates and planting schemes to help achieve a biodiversity net gain.
Right in the heart of London, the Goodman’s Fields living roof has been designed with both people and wildlife in mind, providing a habitat for wildlife and to enhance biodiversity in an urban setting. In fact, over 80% of planting across the development composed of native and fruit-bearing species and roughly 275 new trees have been planted. The biodiverse roof space also incudes bird and bat boxes to provide additional habitats for these species.
This story shows how Berkeley Group supports Goal 15: Life on Land, specifically Target 15.5: “Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity and, by 2020, protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species.”
About Berkeley Group
Founded in 1976 as Berkeley Homes, Berkeley Group is a British property development company that specialises in the regeneration of brownfield sites. Based in Surrey, Berkeley Group have built 19,500 homes in the last five years, across London, Birmingham and the South of England.
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