At St Francis Group we have a passion for protecting and improving the areas we work in. We are committed to creating sustainable buildings with low impacts on their environment and the community. We take this responsibility seriously and it informs every part of our decision-making process throughout the development life cycle.

Our unique and innovative business model ensures that we maximise the use of brownfield sites. We are specialists in remediation and regeneration with a proven track record of delivering projects on sites previously considered unsuitable for development. Our experience includes decommissioning coal-fired power stations, former heavy industry sites and complex contamination remediation.

Our Core Principles

Protecting the Environment

Minimising the impacts of our development through considerate design and preservation of natural resources

Reducing Net Carbon

Fabric first approach through our baseline specification, with an emphasis on reducing energy demand and operational carbon intensity

Promoting User Wellbeing

Creating internal spaces with an emphasis on natural light and user welfare along with enhanced external environments

Lasting Community Benefits

Working closely with local authorities to support local regeneration and employment plans with strategic brownfield land acquisition and development.

Case Study:
Middlemore Lane, Walsall

Created 20,000m3 of recycled aggregates

Excavate, treat and replace 100,000m3 of soil

Treatment of 5,000m3 of contaminated soil


Our approach to creating sustainable buildings that minimise their impact on the environment is built around a simple approach.

We take a fabric first approach to reducing energy whilst maximising the quality of the spaces we create. We design our buildings to reduce running and maintenance costs as well as futureproofing for our clients by minimising their exposure to future energy cost increases. We further minimise the impacts we have on the local environment through our approach to waste, water and ecology.

Our Drivers

Our baseline development specification ensures the following measures are embedded in all our schemes:

BREEAM Very Good as standard
  • Holisitc approach combinging energy, environment and user wellbeing
  • Independently verified by the BRE
Fabric First Approach
  • Passive design prioritised
  • Enhanced U Values
  • Enhanced G Values
  • Air leakage of 1.5m3/hr/m2
Reducing Energy
  • EPC Rating A-25 Minimum
  • Energy efficient M&E specification
  • Reduced gas reliance
  • Renewable energy review
Reducing Waste
  • Land remediation strategy to minimise waste
  • Target zero demolition and groundworks waste to landfill
  • Contractor waste KPIs on every scheme
Water and Ecology
  • Water efficient fittings, metering and leak detection
  • Site specific sustainable drainage strategy
  • Ecology and biodiversity enhancements.

At St Francis Group we are committed to working with clients, funds and tenants who understand the importance we can all play in sustainable development.

Further information about the full range of in-house remediation options we can offer can be found on our sister company DSM Demolition’s website by clicking here.

Case Study:
Velocity 42, Redditch

The Site

Served a 2a notice by the Environment Agency due to high risk to human health

Our Solution

  • Demolition and Remediation
  • Process 15,000m3 of heavily contaminated soil on site
  • Create 34,000m3 of recycled aggregates

The Outcome

  • 330,000ft2 of high-quality industrial space
  • BREEAM Very Good Rating
  • EA Approval
  • Delivered regeneration & local employment in Redditch

Our Net Zero Carbon Future

The next steps of our sustainable business approach are already underway. We are currently reviewing how we can move to a Net Zero Carbon in Operation (NZCiO) future.

We have a working group reviewing the standards set by the UKGBC and LETI and how we can adopt these requirements into our base development specification. Our approach will be based around the following process:

Utilise TM54 assessments to calculate regulated and unregulated energy

Design and specify our buildings to UKGBC energy requirements

Offset energy usage through on-site generation

Close the performance gap through post occupancy evaluations.

Our NZCiO specification will further emphasise our fabric first approach, seeking ways to reduce energy demand and how this can be offset through on-site energy generation. We will actively seek to work with partners and funds who share our commitment to reducing carbon in operation and who are willing to lead the sector in moving towards this goal.

For clients who wish to go further than net zero carbon in operation we will work together to review embodied carbon and how this can be reduced throughout the building’s life cycle.