Designing a greener future

A firm of Shropshire architects has designed a plan for growth in 2021, unveiling a new environmental pledge. Base Architecture will plant a tree for every new project it is appointed to. The initiative is part of its overarching commitment to sustainability after signing up to The World Land Trust.

The tree planting project is part of the firm’s new Base Cares campaign that brings together its ethical and social policies under one umbrella. Base – which stands for Building Adaptable Sustainable Environments – supports a range of measures that aim to benefit its clients, team and the communities where it works.

The practice, which has offices in Shrewsbury, Chester and Conwy, aims to have a positive impact on the wider world with green initiatives like cycling to work, recycling, remote working and providing free architectural advice to local charities.

Managing Director Harry Reece said, “Sustainability is a key feature of the buildings we design, both in looks, the way they are built and their response to the environment so it’s only right that the way we do business echoes that. Planting a tree is something practical we can do but we also aim to make a difference in the everyday actions we take.”

During the coronavirus pandemic, Base has experienced high demand for its services. “Houses have never been as important as they are now as they become an office, school or gym as well as our homes. We are dealing with many enquiries from people who want to extend or remodel their home to be more flexible and to work better for their individual needs.

“Equally we are working on commercial schemes that will lead to business expansion and new jobs so there is confidence out there,” he added.

CAPTION: Harry Reece, ready to plant trees as part of a 2021 project.

 

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