Footprint® is a bespoke assessment tool, developed by igloo, maintained and assessed independently by URBED and overseen by a Sustainable Investment Committee chaired by Jonathan Porritt. Footprint® brings together in a holistic way the four themes of health, happiness and wellbeing, regeneration, environmental sustainability and urban design.
Most importantly, footprint® places a strong emphasis on the need to respond to the opportunities created by the site and its context. This includes engagement with stakeholders and encouraging developers and project teams to think more strategically, enabling the added value of the policy to be realised.
The scoring of each scheme is based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative assessment criteria which seeks to benchmark against market, good, best and exemplar practice both in the UK and internationally.
Schemes are assessed at four key stages during the development process:
Stage 1 - Screening: This is undertaken early on to decide whether a scheme should be pursued further.
Stage 2 - Design: This is a detailed assessment of the design of the scheme before it is submitted for planning and updated afterwards.
Stage 3 - Construction: This takes place towards the end of the construction process and assesses the scheme ‘as built,’ also collating feedback from the project team.
Stage 4 - Occupancy: This is undertaken around 1-2 years post completion to determine the actual performance of the scheme against the SI policies. This includes a review of energy use, regeneration outputs and occupier feedback.
URBED work closely with igloo to ensure that the standards within the policy remain relevant and stretching, updating it annually. URBED also conduct an annual audit which assesses the implementation of footprint® across projects, igloo team members and boards. In conjunction with the 2013 audit, an independent external review of footprint® was conducted by the Bartlett School of Planning at UCL. This affirms igloo and URBED’s commitment to the continual improvement of the policy and its implementation.
A list of schemes assessed against the Footprint Policy follows:
- Green Street, Nottingham
- Bermondsey Square
- Nottingham Science Park
- Leicester Phoenix Square
- The Malings - Ouseburn, Newcastle
- Lower Steenberg's Yard - Ouseburn, Newcastle
- Islington Wharf - Manchester
- 400 Caledonian Road - Islington, London
- Carlton Road, Nottingham
- Gloworks (Centre for Creative Industries) - Porth Teigr, Cardiff
- BBC Roath Lock studios - Porth Teigr, Cardiff
- Residential scheme - Porth Teigr, Cardiff
- King’s School (Green Street phase 2) - Nottingham
- Pitcairn and Hobart - Nottingham
- Trent Basin - Nottingham
- Round Foundry and Marshalls Mill - Holbeck Urban Village, Leeds
- Ironworks - Holbeck Urban Village, Leeds
- Maryhill - Glasgow
- 100 Acre Hill - Glasgow
- Trevenson Park custom-build - Cornwall