Building a greener tomorrow

Our sustainable future

The construction industry accounts for 43% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions  and approximately 22% of that comes from the industries two biggest contributors; concrete and steel. At McLaren we see ourselves as part of the solution rather than part of the status quo and fully recognise our responsibility to create pathways and be an enabler to a cleaner, more sustainable industry.

Our mission: To drive the change for a sustainable built environment; ensuring our projects deliver environmental, social and economic benefits for our partners & local communities. 

We aim to be a recognised industry leader under our three key policy areas: Planet, People and Social Conscience (which can be found here). This focus enables us to continue to deliver sustainable outcomes for our customers, develop the potential in our colleagues and invest in local communities.

To achieve our mission we have set out two key targets to significantly reduce our CO2 output.

2025
To be Net Zero Carbon by 2025 for scope 1 and 2 emissions
2045
To be Net Zero Carbon by 2045 for scope 3 emissions

We are committed to promoting innovative design, procurement and construction methods to minimise material use and reduce the embodied carbon of our construction projects. This is incorporated by our bold Net Zero commitments strategically planned firstly in 2025 and then fully in 2045 and beyond.

Underpinning this work, we are creating embodied carbon baselines for our different sectors; in residential, commercial, hotels and industrial and logistics. As part of this McLaren’s project teams are required to review design, sequencing, material specification and sourcing to reduce whole life cost and embodied/in-use carbon, to deliver ‘better, greener’ buildings in line with Construction Playbook requirements.

As part of our governance and to verify these reductions our Planet Mark certification underpins our policy. Reviewed annually, it focuses on continuous improvement including an annual carbon reduction commitment over the next five years through our target reductions programmes.

Moving away from diesel and utilising the alternative fuels which are available is one of our key focus areas to reduce our scope 1 carbon footprint.

HVO is a sustainable alternative to diesel , cutting our carbon emissions by up to 90%. It is used as a drop-in replacement for white diesel across our fleet vehicles, machinery, generators and site plant. See below where were have a case study at our WMAS project where we have fully utilised the opportunities of HVO fuel.

 Where practically feasible we look at the other alternatives to diesel like hydrogen and more commonly the electrification of plant. Electric forklifts and small excavators are becoming common place on McLaren projects.

Across the business, McLaren is adopting electric vehicles on site and at Group level. We recently partnered with Octopus energy to launch an all-electric company car scheme for employees which will lower our carbon footprint in the coming years. We will also offer comprehensive pre-construction environmental analysis for all major projects, to identify opportunities for waste reduction, fewer vehicle movements and lower embodied carbon construction with the use of electric vehicles, plant and tools.

We are UKGBC and Supply Chain Sustainability School members, involved in thought leadership within the industry, with access to best practice knowledge on how to improve our environmental and sustainability performance.

Building the right way - Our areas of commitment

Minimising resource consumption

Building a sustainable future means a relentless commitment to construction innovation. Our business is committed to the circular economy;

  • we source materials strategically
  • reduce embodied carbon across our operations
  • design out waste
  • divert waste that does occur away from landfill

Promoting environmentally responsible design and operations

Our customers are tackling some of the greatest environmental challenges, delivering sustainable buildings and resilient infrastructure in the face of climate change, and working to decrease their environmental footprint and create greater digital connectivity for all.

McLaren’s construction methods and solutions respond to these goals and support our customer’s targets of net zero carbon.

Driving a culture of change throughout the built environment

Creating a sustainability culture means constantly exceeding expectations and providing excellent training.

McLaren fosters competitiveness within this area, collaborating with ambitious clients to drive a positive shift through the lifecycle of each project.

Leading change

The key points of our environmental and sustainability focus include:-

  • Reducing the carbon footprint of every project using initiatives like BREEAM, LEED and House Quality Mark
  • RICS Whole Life carbon assessment – stages A1-A3 product stage utilising our package design and carbon assessment tracker; stage A4-A5 reducing overall resource use on-site by utilising our forecast tracker in conjunction with Smart Waste; stage B1-B7 in use stage, comparing design team led SBEM and thermal calculations against the performance of buildings with a similar value; sector and construction type against our back catalogue of projects
  • Reducing waste generated (material and process)
  • Promoting environmental awareness through our culture
  • Embedding environmental analysis throughout the design and construction process to make sustainability not just core but viable and practical

Sustainable construction in action

Solar powered cabins at Wembley Park

Looking for sustainable alternatives to reduce our environmental footprint whilst continuing to deliver first-class projects, has always been a top priority for McLaren.

Our latest Wembley Park site known as Repton Gardens, has been equipped with a Solar Power Station (SPS) by Sunstone. This solar powered tool is a UK manufactured, environ­mentally friendly multipurpose generator that powers our site offices and welfare facilities.

By employing energy efficient technologies, Repton Gardens is forecast to reduce our CO2 emissions by 635.7 kg in comparison to a diesel generator, within the first year of use.

Replacing red diesel in the West Midlands (WMAS)

Our West Midlands Ambulance station project, in Oldbury, have already used 35,000 litres of HVO as a replacement for diesel, saving close to 100 tonnes of carbon

This renewable energy source is made from waste vegetable oil, significantly reducing harmful emissions: 90% less Carbon Dioxide, 30% less Nitrogen Oxides and 86% less Particulate Matter.

Removing Portland cement in Barking

As part of our objective to build an environmentally friendly buildings, the 12 Thames Road residential project in Barking has made use of concrete constructed from GGBS (Ground granulated blast-furnace slag) cement in piling works and ground works, including slab. An impressive 68% of the usual concrete mix was replaced with this sustainable alternative. GGBS requires less than a fifth of the energy in manufacture and produces less than a fifteenth of the carbon dioxide emissions. Concrete containing GGBS is also more durable in aggressive environments, reducing the likelihood of thermal cracking and improving the overall quality of the building

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Leading the way at 150 Holborn

Designed by Perkins & Will and delivered by McLaren, the building has been designed to be energy efficient, adaptable to climate change with increase resilience. A high-performing building envelope maximises both daylight and views out during London’s long winters while minimising solar gain. The building’s façade fins have been arranged to provide solidity and reduce solar exposure. The flexible system applied to the external metal fins can be adapted with future needs. The uniformity of the glazing allows for future insertion of natural ventilation. While 150 Holborn was designed as a headquarters building, it has the adaptability to be used as a different type of commercial space in the future. The project will target a number of sustainability measures, including BREEAM Outstanding, LEED Platinum and SKA Gold.

Putting SmartWaste to work

BRE’s SmartWaste software is used across all our sites to monitor and report environmental management. It’s more than just a waste management tool, it allows us to track the use of materials on site plus energy consumption and, most importantly, data reporting.

Key Contacts

Relevant Projects

Leicester City Training ground
Leicester City F.C Training Ground

Our flagship project and one of the most sustainable we have ever been a part of.

UK Pavilion, Dubai Expo

Building the UK pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020.

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet

Building one of the world's greenest shopping centres