Supporting sustainable construction at operation and site level

At Clegg Food Projects, our team has more than 40 years of experience and technical expertise in the food & drink and manufacturing sector. A vital part of our building strategy is incorporating sustainable construction and technologies wherever possible, delivering efficient energy solutions for our clients.

Renewables and building efficiency are crucial markers of success across many of the manufacturing and low-carbon sectors we work in. From Fischer Farms and its impressive vertical farming operation to ITM Power, which designs and manufactures products that generate hydrogen gas based on Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology, and CMR Surgical with the 75,000 sq ft state-of-the-art factory we delivered for the global robotics company – we are well versed in supporting our client’s sustainable construction goals.

We are also always looking to improve our environment, social, and governance within our operations, as well as at site level, wherever possible – and believe this is an ongoing journey.

How we support our client’s sustainability goals

From bakeries and breweries to sandwich factories and everything in between, our integrated design and build solutions aim to incorporate efficiency and low carbon in every step from building design and construction methods to building operational efficiency thereafter. Many buildings include renewables, rainwater harvesting, EV charging points, efficient heating/cooling control systems and many more to ensure they are as sustainable as possible.

Electric vehicle (EV) charging points at our CMR Surgical project

We’ve also supported some great on site biodiversity initiatives – from ‘bug hotels’ and bat boxes to extensive wildflower and tree planting schemes. 

More initiatives at CMR Surgical, including solar panels, a bug hotel and bat boxes to encourage biodiversity

How we are making our operations more sustainable

Clegg Group has set targets to reduce our scope 1&2 carbon emissions, which include measures such as ultra-low emissions vehicles, embracing video conferencing for meetings, public transport, and green energy tariffs. We are also working with the University of Nottingham MBA students to investigate and examine how we can embed sustainable practices into day-to-day working and the business culture.

We have also registered and been assessed under the Global Ecovadis procurement system, from which have obtained a Silver Medal status. Reviews and updates to our systems are ongoing to facilitate a future upgraded reassessment.

There is always more we can be doing and have therefore appointed carbon champions within the company to spearhead our green initiatives and steer the company in the right direction.

Improving our social impact

Consistently reviewing our measures to improve our social impact, as well as our carbon footprint, is also crucial. We regularly host ‘meet the buyer’ events to ensure local supply chain opportunities, which not only reduces travel to our construction sites but supports the local economy around them as well.

In addition, we also support a number of charities – including the Samworth Charity Challenge, the Greggs Foundation’s annual Sea to Shore Charity Walk and many more.

We’re particularly proud of our work with the Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club, which we have been supporting for more than three years. The Breakfast Club provides a free, nutritional breakfast to children who need it, to ensure pupils are prepared for the day ahead. The initiative has been running nationally since 1999, and currently provides breakfasts for around 49,000 school children at nearly 779 locations each day.

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Helping the Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club at Florence Nightingale Academy in Nottinghamshire

Get in touch with our team today to discuss the needs of your project and how we can help you achieve your sustainable construction goals.

Email us at or call us on 0115 841 3121.