SEGRO enhances biodiversity with new sustainable signage
As part of its commitment to champion low carbon growth, SEGRO is investing in sustainable signage across its developments
The new signage is required as part of a Group-wide initiative to enhance the provision and wayfinding at its developments. However, rather than installing traditional signage, the company is taking the opportunity to use more environmentally-friendly options that will also enhance biodiversity by creating low shrubs, wildflowers and pollinator-friendly planting, and which will provide homes for various insect and bird species, allowing local ecosystems to thrive.
All materials will be sustainable and recyclable, meaning that nothing will ever go to landfill. Aluminium and steel, which both use a large proportion of recycled materials and opal acrylic, which is fully recyclable at the end of its life, will be used in the structures. The bases will be in-filled with reclaimed materials and recycled aggregates such as bricks, stone, pipework and concreate, sourced from existing demolition works on SEGRO estates or from a local construction recycling centre to avoid carbon emissions from transportation.
Paul Dunne, Managing Director, Group Operations at SEGRO, said:
“Our commitment to reducing carbon and managing responsible operations is integral to all parts of our business.
“The initiative falls under our Responsible SEGRO framework – a strategy that guides the company’s approach to delivering low carbon growth, investing in local communities, enhancing biodiversity and local environments, and nurturing talent.
“This signage is another example of the micro-details that contribute to our detailed and creative approach in taking both small and large steps to enhance biodiversity.”
The new designs will be more visible and striking, replacing all existing signage across SEGRO’s estates over the next few months.
Notes to editors:
Highly efficient recycling process creating high quality secondary aluminium using just 5% of the primary aluminium consumption. Aluminium used in building and construction industries is recycled at a rate of roughly 92-98%.
Used for the internal framework and structural component of signs, steel is the world’s most recycled construction material and approximately 40% of all steel production is based on recycled scrap. The galvanised finish prolongs the use and service life. Galvanised steel can be recycled easily with other steel scrap in an electric arc furnace (EAF) steel production process.
Opal acrylic to be both UV and weather resistance. Sheets can be recycled all the way back to the original raw material, the monomer.
SEGRO is a UK Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), listed on the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris, and is a leading owner, manager and developer of modern warehouses and industrial property. It owns or manages 9.7 million square metres of space (104 million square feet) valued at £23.8 billion* serving customers from a wide range of industry sectors. Its properties are located in and around major cities and at key transportation hubs in the UK and in seven other European countries.
For over 100 years SEGRO has been creating the space that enables extraordinary things to happen. From modern big box warehouses, used primarily for regional, national and international distribution hubs, to urban warehousing located close to major population centres and business districts, it provides high-quality assets that allow its customers to thrive.
A commitment to be a force for societal and environmental good is integral to SEGRO’s purpose and strategy. Its Responsible SEGRO framework focuses on three long-term priorities where the company believes it can make the greatest impact: Championing Low-Carbon Growth, Investing in Local Communities and Environments and Nurturing Talent.
*As of 30 June 2022