Sustainability & Social Good

Since our inception, we have challenged ourselves to deliver adaptable, sustainable spaces that work towards a future of outstanding care.

Sustainability drives each Prime development to create a positive imprint on the planet and enable people to access a healthier life. We believe we have a responsibility to develop this influence even further: through our supply chain, partnerships, and across the communities we serve.

Building a future of environmental wellbeing requires action right now, which is why in 2021 we introduced a series of sustainable targets. These goals support our commitment to outstanding care, now and in the future, contributing to a healthy environment for everyone.

To be carbon neutral (scope 1 and 2) by the end of 2022 (achieved).

Delivering our first net-zero embodied carbon development project on-site in 2023 (achieved).

Offsetting the carbon footprint (scope 1 and 2) we’ve already made in our 25 years of operating.

Development projects have a biodiversity net gain of 15% for projects starting in 2024 (achieved).

Sustainability in motion with Prime

See how we are contributing to a better planet, sustainable spaces and healthier communities.

B Corp Certified

In October 2022, Prime became B Corp certified following a 16 month application process. The B Corp certification addresses the entirety of a business’ operations and covers five key impact areas of Governance, Workers, Community, Environment and Customers. Prime is now part of a community of 5,990 businesses globally who have certified as B Corps. You can read more about Prime’s journey to certification here.

Becoming a B Corp

The University Hospital of Southampton is a stand-out facility.

Sustainable construction

Prime creates flexible and adaptable spaces through conscious design and sustainable construction. We have been applying the leading sustainability assessment method, BREEAM, to our developments for over two decades, reaching ‘excellent’ standards in brownfield site management.

Our continued commitment to drive sustainability across each Prime development is embodied by the businesses we work with, the materials we use, our supply chain and the lives we impact. From the land we build on, the energy it takes to construct, and the finish of our developments, each project in our portfolio is designed to deliver sustainable health and care environments now and in the long-term.

Social good

We believe outstanding care is only possible when the creation of health and care spaces considers the people that will use them. But as communities develop and grow, health and care environments need to adapt too.

Prime makes a positive contribution to the environment by designing projects that enhance location, landscape and flow of physical spaces. Informed by recent research, our spaces have a positive impact on the mental and physical wellbeing of the people who interact with them. Our commitment to enhancing lives and communities is embodied by Prime Foundation – a charity that supports social projects in places we work in throughout the UK.

Prime Foundation's support of local projects has included local youth football teams.
Prime's orchard at Alfrick, buttercups fill the foreground with a blue sky.

Carbon Reduction Plan

We are committed to achieving Net Zero emissions, within the context of reporting required by clients, Government and the NHS, by the end of 2023.

Achieving a Net Zero position by 2030 is an enormous task for the business and not something we can achieve alone. Our guiding principles to help us implement the objectives are: incorporate standardised robust measurement methodologies into the project design and development processes, educate all partners on their roles in meeting our objectives, embrace cost-effective market innovations.

Read the 2024 update on our plan for carbon reduction in the document below.

Download our Carbon Reduction Plan

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Our sustainability journey

Find out how we’re helping to care for people and planet with our approach to sustainable development – decreasing environmental impact whilst delivering high quality projects.

Download our sustainability journey

Read the behind-the-scenes story of how we got here