We minimise resources used while building new restaurants and wherever possible use recycled hardcore, aggregates and damp-proofing materials and concrete that contains recycled fly ash from coal fired power stations. Overall, we have reduced CO2 from construction materials by 25% per tonne. We continue to research alternative sustainable building materials and the timber we use throughout is FSC certified. During the construction phase, onsite waste management means that less than 5% of waste is sent to landfill.
All our contractors must be members of the ‘Considerate Constructors’ scheme, which is designed to ensure construction sites are thoughtful towards their neighbours, keep them informed of their activities and provide contact details for raising any problems.
Water conservation schemes in our restaurants include dual-flush cisterns in toilets and waterless urinals, which together save over 200,000 litres of water per year in each restaurant.