Sustainability

Sustainability is baked into how we do things, as our business model has always been to work with local clients to deliver local projects, with our own locally based employees and proven supply chain.

Carbon reduction

Lindum Group Ltd is committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2030.
Our ‘Net Zero’ strategy is to systematically eliminate emissions by adopting new methods, new equipment and new materials as they become viable. When significant reductions have been achieved, in 2029 the business will establish a plan for legitimate carbon offsetting to secure the final position of ‘Net Zero’.
The electricity supply to all our business parks is certified under the UK REGO (Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin) scheme as coming from 100% renewable sources.

Please read our carbon reduction plan here:

Carbon Reduction

Delivering Social Value

We work hard to improve the quality of the communities in which we build. We work in partnership to leave a legacy that lasts beyond construction. Social Value is how we measure this social impact resulting from our activities.

We are committed to giving something back by investing in the local economy and community to encourage social, economic and environmental regeneration. We add value to the quality of our environment, the wellbeing of our employees and the sustainability of our supply chain.

This comes second nature to us, as after all, we’re a locally focused business that live, work and play in the communities in which we operate.

Frameworks

Community organisations

We carry out social value work with key organisations within the communities in which we operate, and includes:

  • Schools and colleges
  • Charities and good causes
  • Social enterprises
  • Community groups
  • Homeless shelters
  • Prisons
  • Housing associations

Please keep reading for some examples of this work.

Apprenticeships and training

Lindum runs an award-winning apprenticeship, trainee and graduate programme. We invest in ‘growing our own staff’, attracting young people to our business and providing ongoing training. 20 per cent of our current workforce has progressed through our apprentice and trainee schemes.

We currently have 18 apprentices and trainees most of which are being supported by the company in doing college and degree courses.

Schools

Working with schools, colleges and universities, we provide a comprehensive range of work experience for students. We visit schools and colleges as ‘construction ambassadors’ for events and careers fairs and our employees act as school governors.

When working on education projects, our site-teams engage students and teaching staff alike, to offer site visits and construction information of interest and involve them in the project.

Examples include supporting St Francis Special School by providing activities for its Industry Day, helping students aged 14 to 19 years try out their skills building a wall, painting doors, constructing a bug hotel and driving a mini digger.

Charities

We support many local charities and good causes, both through donations and fundraising and practical assistance.

During 2023, we contributed to more than 40 different causes, including RAF Benevolent Fund, Save the Children, Lincoln Foodbanks and the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. In total, almost £27,000 was donated charity and a further £13,500 of sponsorship was given to community groups and local sports clubs.

Our causes are chosen by our employees who want to make a difference.

Measuring social impact

Using social value calculators, we can try to measure the added value generated during building projects, such as the impact of sourcing local labour on local employment, the value of employing apprentices, the benefits of working with local merchants and suppliers etc. For example, Lindum has delivered 29 projects for The Priory Federation of Academies Trust (via the Scape regional Construction framework) which runs 12 academies in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. Most recently, we built a new Arts & Drama block at Priory LSST Academy, in Lincoln. The project value was £2m and the added Social Value delivered was more than £1m.

This included:

  • 73% of local labour travelled <20 miles to site
  • 56% of local spend < 10 miles
  • £848,226.97 local spend < 20 miles
  • 17 weeks of apprentice training on site

Waste reduction and recycling

We try to eliminate wastage from our sites wherever possible, as this is best for the environment (eliminate, re-use, recycle, in that order).

Excess building materials on our sites are re-stocked with suppliers, or re-used on another site. And where re-use is not possible, such as with packaging and other materials, we take full responsibility for their disposal and have invested £5m in our own in-house recycling station. Our recycling operation in Saxilby is the largest in the Lincoln area; we have 800 skips and a fleet of 10no HGVs, diverting 99 per cent from landfill.

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TradHaus

Affordable Homes for the Future; we have used our in-house design expertise and construction experience to develop a suite of performance-based specifications for sustainable, affordable housing.

The TradHaus range simplifies the briefing process and enables clients to make data-driven choices when considering a scheme’s requirements in terms of design and energy costs for the end user.

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