Sustainability in a Cold Climate

21 January 2013

Sustainability in a Cold Climate

A hardy group of MSc Planners ventured out into the snow-bound countryside of Oxfordshire this week to visit Monument Business Park at Chalgrove...

A hardy group of MSc Planners ventured out into the snow-bound countryside of Oxfordshire this week to visit Monument Business Park at Chalgrove. The group was hosted by Mike Jennings, chairman of the family firm that has developed and now runs a number of small business parks and centres in the County. The students were there to explore the driving forces and constraints shaping Jennings' approach to sustainable business park development. Mike gave a very personal and honest overview of his experiences emphasising the importance the company places on building 'social sustainability' with their tenants, suppliers and local communities, the role of experimentation and 'learning from mistakes', and the relatively low priority placed on outright profit-making! His inspirational presentation and follow-up discussion was topped-off by a tour of the Park. Snowy Field Trip