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Pollard Thomas Edwards named AJ100 Sustainable Practice of the Year

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A generous approach to knowledge-sharing and a host of other initiatives made Pollard Thomas Edwards the clear winner in this category

At Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE), sustainability is no add-on. Five years ago the practice incorporated its sustainability team into its central knowledge hub, a move that has paid off handsomely. Judges applauded the practice’s success with embedding sustainability across project delivery and deepening expertise across its 80-plus team. 

Practice-wide training, complemented by knowledge hub newsletters on nitty-gritty subjects such as daylight factors, U-value calculations and designing-out thermal bridges, is central to the firm’s approach. Eight architects undertake Passivhaus training each year, with close to half the practice’s architects trained to date. Another 10 architects participate in monthly Green Register seminars, hosted at PTE but open to anyone. 

With a generous approach to knowledge-sharing, PTE has contributed to an array of best-practice manuals published through CIBSE and the Zero Carbon Hub, notably including associate Tom Dollard’s recently released Designed to Perform (2018) for RIBA Publishing. Judges commended PTE’s engagement with ‘a serious industry problem’.

The practice’s five-year vision includes detailed post-occupancy evaluation of at least five projects per year

The practice’s ambitious five-year vision includes detailed post-occupancy evaluation of at least five projects per year; strengthening existing partnerships with the Green Register, UKGBC and the Good Homes Alliance; sponsoring one doctoral student annually; and Living Building training for relevant staff.

Of the shortlisted practices, judges appreciated Foster + Partners’ ongoing development of its sustainability framework, which ranks all projects in ‘tiers’, including a ranking per studio. 

They also praised MaccreanorLavington’s thoughtful development of an architectural language for Passivhaus terraces, which sit comfortably in London’s 19th-century neighbourhoods.

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PTE’s modular E-smart house, billed as ‘the UK’s market-leading energy-efficient dwelling’.

PTE’s modular E-smart house, billed as ‘the UK’s market-leading energy-efficient dwelling’


  • Allies and Morrison
  • Foster + Partners
  • HTA Design
  • John Robertson Architects
  • MaccreanorLavington


  • Hero Bennett, senior sustainability consultant and partner, Max Fordham
  • Edward Dixon, sustainability insights director, Landsec
  • Craig Robertson, head of sustainability, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Carl Turner, director, Carl Turner Architects
  • Anna Woodeson, director, LTS Architects
  • Hattie Hartman, sustainability editor, The Architects’ Journal 

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