Seeking sustainable development
We’ve recently formalised our pursuit of sustainable development for 2020 and the coming decade by aligning with the United Nations and their sustainable development goals, aiming to inspire positive impact on the environment and society.
The 17 sustainable goals recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve oceans and forests.
ThirdWay’s commitments include:
Clean water and sanitation: We continue to partner with Toilet Twinning which helps fund the construction of household toilets, as well as providing clean water and hygiene education, in remote and hard-to-reach communities in Africa, Asia and Central America. We hope that every toilet we build in an office will be twinned with another in a developing country.
Quality Education: In 2019, we partnered with Sabre Education to help build or refurbish kindergarten schools throughout Ghana. Closer to home, we have established a relationship with the Salmon Youth Centre in Bermondsey who provide training sessions, specialised clubs and social support to over 500 young people in London every week. Our fundraising and voluntary efforts will support the centre in their incredible work to enable brighter futures and unlock career opportunities for London’s youth.
Sustainable Cities & Communities: We encourage all our clients to consider sustainable outcomes, designing to meet BREEAM and SKA standards wherever possible, implementing best practice measures in new areas, and preferring to retrofit existing buildings than to build new ones.
Most recently, ThirdWay Architecture has been working with Sustainable Workspaces, Europe's largest ecosystem of sustainable businesses delivering solutions to climate change and resource scarcity. Since 2014, they have developed three workspaces in Central London; each completely unique but all designed to bring together the sustainable community in a unique and vibrant experience for both resident companies and guests.
The brief for the latest office space is driven by the same principles but with the ambition to create a more efficient model in terms of the build and design. The all new materials will be completely sustainable and range from wall tiles made from recycled household plastic waste to insulating materials created from mushrooms. The site will also aim to implement zero waste construction.