statement of sustainability

Updated September 2016

The 3 key principles of sustainability (social, economic and environmental) are consciously implented by WSMS in 3 areas of practice:

  1. The studio environment
  2. The design and making of our work
  3. Our long term impact

We will endeavour to constantly update this to meet changing demands, technological development and our evolving understanding of sustainability. Our current standards are stated below.

The Studio Environment

social

We are an equal opportunities employer and do not discriminate according to gender, race or disability. We actively encourage inter-disciplinary collaborations with other professionals & organisations who work towards sustainable design and place making.


economic

We consistently invest in the technology, continued learning and equipment that helps us pursue our long terms goals whilst eliminating waste and sharing resources with other small businesses where possible.


environmental

We exercise a paperless system as far as possible. Equipment and waste produced as a result of our work is re-used and recycled through local authority and community led services. Our office premises are fuelled by electricity from green sources and our long term aim is to provide an office that is zero carbon. All journeys are undertaken by public transport to and from our office to our projects.


Design and Production of Our Work

social

We aim to work on projects will have a positive impact on quality of life, whether it be it at a large scale or the very small. Where possible we aim to work with like-minded clients who see the value in creating social spaces or projects design to increase inter-connectivity and communication through design. We aim to further compact city principles and seek 'conscious design' that places the user in control of their own impact on the environment.


economic

We keep a close eye on our client's financial aspirations for their projects. We seek to find solutions that fit within budget. Though we reject projects whose only motive is to ensure short term profit, we acknowledge the importance of adding long term financial value through design and encourage sustainable economic growth via our urban design projects.


environmental

We aim to incorporate this throughout the design process by avoiding waste, using site specific design that works with the existing features to improve environmental performance and by sensible specification of appropriate materials and technology. Our approach is never purely technological and we consider the whole life cycle of the materials, from cradle-to-cradle.


Our Long Term Impact

social

Every year we offer a significant proportion of our time pro bono or heavily discounted for projects that seek to further the advancement of more harmonious communities or more beautiful local environments for the enjoyment of all through non-profit organisations.

Our aims for the growth of the practice seek to create a vibrant and socially motivated practice environment that develops slowly and organically and a way that utilises today's opportunities for collaborative networks.


economic

We believe that sustainability requires greater economic equality. Therefore we aim to ensure that a proportion of our profits are given to charities that fund those in need of the things we take for granted. Our donations are currently given to the Arobanam Childrens Fund.

The economic sustainability of our practice is ensured by slow, organic growth that we have been committed to from the beginning.


environmental

We take an active role in our local environment believing that this is where we can have the greatest impact. We seek to use our skills and understanding of the urban environment to raise awareness through design, competition and our blog as well as lending our time to campaigns which seek to improve the pedestrian environment in our cities.

PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS ABOUT THE ABOVE, WISH TO FIND OUT MORE, OR TO MAKE A SUGGESTION FOR A PROJECT OR CAMPAIGN THAT OUR PRO BONO SERVICES MAY COVER.

privacy policy

Updated February 2019

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If you contact us we reserve the right to keep a record of that correspondence and incorporate the information it contains into our database.

If we are requested by the police or a regulatory or government authority investigating illegal activities to provide information concerning your activities whilst using the network we shall do so. Similarly, we will disclose your Personal Information as part of a transaction whereby our company or business assets are transferred to a third party or if we are compelled to do so by law.