LSA talks to Paul Crilly – MD of NJC

17 May 2018

During a recent visit of LSA Task Force members and other LSA member guests to the Granary Square development at Kings Cross, hosted by Argent, the LSA’s Amanda Carpenter talked with Paul Crilly, MD of cleaning and business support service company NJC about being a sustainable business.  In this first outside broadcast for the LSA (with more to come, we hope), Paul talks passionately about what it means to be sustainable and how his own company is approaching this and supporting clients.

During the visit LSA members were able to see for themselves how a previously unattractive location like Kings Cross can be transformed into an energising, attractive, accessible and sustainable space accommodating business, residential and retail properties as well as a huge amount of green space.

After looking over the stunning scale model of the Granary Square site and hearing from Steve Kellett, Argent’s Sustainability Project Manager, the group had the opportunity to tour the site and visit some of the buildings to see sustainability in practice, including the segregation and handling of office waste and a superb green roof space.

The visit concluded – with the sun still shining brightly – at the Global Generation Skip Garden, a sustainable urban garden providing a charming oasis with wild flowers, vegetables and herbs, beehives and chicken coops. The Skip Garden started as a moveable vegetable garden built in skips and has grown into a community project that provides all kinds of opportunities for local young people.  Everything is built using recycled materials – mostly from the construction site – and more than a thousand hands have come together to create the garden. This is a community effort in every sense and the project brings together people of all ages and backgrounds.  Before lunch the LSA group heard more from Paul Crilly and then enjoyed a tasty lunch prepared in the onsite restaurant and provided courtesy of NJC.

Our next LSA outing is scheduled for September when we will visit a MRF – Materials Recovery Facility.  If any LSA member is interested in attending, please get in touch.

Click here for the recording of Amanda’s interview with Paul Crilly

Read Paul’s short paper here

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