Beech has further expanded on its low-carbon efforts, with the introduction of several new eco developments and a bike scheme for its maintenance teams.
The Beech Holdings mission is to ‘make Manchester better with a unique approach to property development and lettings’ and a significant part of this approach is to focus predominately on energy efficiency.
Recognised for transforming disused buildings in the city centre, Beech Holdings has recently converted an abandoned ‘eyesore’ on Princess Street into a deluxe range of high-spec, carbon-neutral apartments for young professionals and students. This former office block – now known as Salisbury House, Princess Street – has finally been put to a useful purpose again.
Further new developments, including Basil House, Portland Street and 121 Princess Street, are featuring the latest green technologies that Beech Holdings has become recognised for; these include air source heat pumps, heat recovery ventilation systems and underfloor heating. The modern apartments also feature the likes of energy-efficient LED lighting and thermostatic showers for optimum temperature control.
Beech Holdings has won a number of prestigious awards for their pioneering approach to energy efficiency, from the edie Environment & Energy Awards to the Landlord & Letting Awards for Green Landlord of the Year. They’ve also been highly commended in the Energy Excellence category at the EI Awards, further adding to their extensive portfolio of accolades.
As a highly progressive company, Beech Holdings is continuously thinking of ways to further reduce their carbon footprint, from large-scale projects to quick fixes on a day-to-day basis.
Rather than regularly driving around in a van, the maintenance team for Manchester Apartments and Beech Properties now travel around on bikes when feasible, saving on carbon emissions.
Steve Gee, Head of Maintenance, has had an excellent response since the changes took place:
“We’ve had a number of comments from tenants saying they’re happy to see us on the bikes, which I wasn’t really expecting! It’s great knowing that we’re doing our bit for the environment, but equally as great knowing that we’re getting fitter in the process too.”‘‘
Alongside other forward-thinking companies in the city centre, Beech Holdings continues to make a positive and significant impact in regards to energy efficiency in Manchester.