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recycling 150 tonnes of waste. “Sustainability has definitely risen up the industry agenda,” Edwards adds. “Has it risen far enough? Probably not yet. The problem remains one of communication. People still think of sustainability as ‘energy’’, climate change and carbon emissions. But we need to communicate that it’s also about society. There’s a plethora of aspects that sustainability covers including jobs and skills training.” And nothing is sacrosanct from a sustainability review: “The industry will look pretty hard at whether air conditioning can

be reduced or removed from our existing shopping centres,” Edwards says. “At Highcross, Leicester, for instance, we knocked off 25 per cent of energy costs by taking it out.” Jamie Page, head of construction and real estate at leadership

advisory company Heidrick & Struggles, sees more companies pursuing talent to embed and drive the sustainability agenda. “We have seen a significant increase in the level of priority given

Today Cornes, who operates his own eponymous sustainability

consultancy, still believes that the shopping centre sector is demonstrating eco-leadership – even to retailers. “M&S and John Lewis may have been an exception but even to the

mid-2000s retailers didn’t want to know,” he says. “I think some of them still don’t get it. Sustainability is a corporate battle that must be waged daily but there can be financial benefits from being sustainable.” Paul Edwards was in Australia working for Arup when he had his

first sustainable project encounter – a convention centre/museum in Canberra. He moved to San Francisco when California was suffering from brownouts and blackouts – a scenario that, as he says “suddenly made low carbon buildings much more interesting to everyone.” Edwards, who returned to Sydney with Arup, soon found himself pitching a sustainable headquarters project to developer Lend Lease. Arup didn’t win but Lend Lease headhunted him to become the first head of sustainability in 2002. He became Hammerson’s head of sustainability in February 2007. Two projects in particular meant a step-change for Edwards and his

colleagues. “One was an internal exercise that linked environment and social issues with financial outcomes,” he says. “That’s when we got people to understand that there were financial implications – positive ones – for being sustainable.” Another project was simplicity itself with high impact results. “We re-lamped a car park with lower voltage lamps and that saved us 35 per cent in energy costs,” he says. “We’re now rolling it out across the portfolio.” And it makes a difference. Hammerson spends about £10.5m a year

on energy alone and has saved 21 per cent of those costs in the last two years. A further saving of £500,000 in landfill tax was achieved by

to sustainability in the shopping centre sector,” he says. “From a commercial perspective as retailers fight to differentiate themselves from their competition through the creation of more robust CSR agendas, shopping centres are also having to embrace this to attract the higher calibre tenants. “With 40 per cent of greenhouse gasses coming from the built

environment there has been a significant increase in legislation around ‘green building’. This in turn has meant that developers are having to take a closer look at sustainability both through their new build programmes and retrofit of existing stock.” And going forward legislation will continue driving sustainability.

The European Union’s “Roadmap for building a competitive low-carbon Europe by 2050”, highlights the aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from within the EU to 80 per cent to 95 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050. Hammerson’s Edwards predicts there will be push in the UK for

Energy Districts – something he believes will be a £7bn industry come 2020. “The push for more green roofs and bio-diversity and social projects will grow,” he says. Helen Dickinson, head of retail at KPMG, points out that sustainability

is spreading via retailer supply chain vetting that is increasingly frequent and tough. She says the industry must embrace sustainability or get left behind. “If you look back 20 years ago to where retail was at you see how

much technology has changed the way the market operates. The same is true of sustainability. If you roll forward 20 years there will be much more change. There’s a lot of good sustainability work going on but it’s not across the piste and it’s going to catch up with those who don’t stay on top of it – in the same way that technology did to companies over the years.”

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June 1998

June 1998

August 1998

August 1998

With Bluewater under construction, Eddie Bauer, Gap and Timberland were the latest US brands to sign up

leisure complex next to the recently opened Mall, was nearing completion

The Venue at Cribbs Causeway, a £10m

factory outlet centres, the Queen visited McArthurGlen’s Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

To mark the relatively new concept of

well under construction and on target for a July opening. Eighty per cent was pre-let May 2011 SHOPPING CENTRE

Capital Shopping Centres 1.175m sq ft Breahead shopping centre, Glasgow, was

20 YEARS Leading the industry for

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