Thomas More Square achieves FSC certification | Como

Thomas More Square achieves FSC certification

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Como has received Full FSC® Project Certification for the refurbishment of a £20 million commercial development in the heart of London. The yearlong project at Thomas More Square in St Katherine’s Dock, covered 10 storeys of high end office space following a £20 million investment from the client Land Securities. 

The project is one of Land Securities’ first fit out projects to achieve FSC Project Certification, after the project proved that all elements of the timber used in the construction and interior finishing were sourced from FSC® Certified suppliers.

Thomas More Square used a total of 148m3 of timber, including panelling, partitions and wood used temporarily during construction. It also used tropical Iroko timber for the benches in the courtyard outside the building. Como and the project was audited by BM Trada.

Andrew Butt, Project Manager for Land Securities, comments:

"Land Securities is proud to share this accolade with our partners Como and FSC®. Thomas More Square is a perfect example of our commitment to the environment. FSC® enables us to work with suppliers, contractors who share our values, standards and ethics. Through this article, we hope to encourage others to follow our lead.”

Trevor Bacon, Managing Director for Como, comments:

“FSC® certification is an increasingly important tool for supporting our clients in demonstrating their wider sustainability goals. We’re delighted to have achieved Certification for Thomas More Square. Many people will recognise FSC certification in consumer products, but this achievement shows its application to refurbishment too.”

Andrew Kinsey, Head of Sustainability - Construction at Mace, said:

“This was a very challenging project with high-end specifications. We worked closely with many SME craft suppliers to help educate them on the requirements to ensure the chain of custody was maintained to ensure a successful outcome.”

As a Land Securities requirement all timber must be FSC certified, this ensures the responsible production and consumption of forest products and also works towards sustainable solutions by integrating environmental, social and economic interests.

Mace Group and Land Securities are working together on a number of current projects, all targeting FSC Certification including Nova Victoria, a £450 million development located on Buckingham Palace Road.