Parkway, Newbury, a new shopping and residential development in the heart of the West Berkshire town, has secured certification to ISO 14001:2004, the internationally recognised environment management standard. The standard was awarded by Certification International – a UKAS accredited organisation providing assessment, analysis and certification services to companies of all sizes across a wide range of standards.
Parkway is a 475,000 sq ft mixed-use development owned by Standard Life Investments and is managed by Jones Lang LaSalle. The certification demonstrates its commitment to reducing its environmental impact. Jones Lang LaSalle manages many retail centres across the UK, and Parkway is just one of many to achieve ISO 14001 certification. The company is working with Certification International to roll out environmental certification across a number of other sites.
Neil Carter, centre manager at Parkway, comments: “In line with the environmental policy set by managing agents Jones Lang LaSalle, Parkway has an overarching environmental statement which puts the environment at the heart of everything we do. All our policies and procedures take into account the centre’s impact on the environment and outline how we can reduce this. Newbury is an area liable to flooding which means we need to be vigilant to ensure our activities at Parkway do not affect the local habitat and wildlife. Certification to ISO 14001 demonstrates our commitment to managing Parkway in an environmentally responsible way, and sets the benchmark that we expect our staff, tenants, residents and visitors to achieve. The principal benefit is that everyone who comes into contact with us can see we take our environmental responsibilities seriously. It is also useful when managing our contractors and suppliers as they know the standards they need to maintain; many of our preferred contractors have been or are working towards certification and we continue to encourage them to do so. It is vitally important to have a strong environmental focus as protecting the environment is good for our customers, employees, contractors and residents.”
Certification International’s UK business manager Emma Fawcett-Jones comments: “By achieving certification for ISO 14001, the management team at Parkway Newbury clearly demonstrates they have a strong commitment to reducing the centre’s impact on the environment. The framework provided by ISO 14001 will allow them to monitor progress and further improve performance in this key area.”