Looking after nature's builders

Looking after nature's builders

Everyone in our line of work claims to protect nature and the environment, but at Elephant & Castle, we went out of our way to protect just one bird – and her babies...

Everyone in our line of work claims to protect nature and the environment, but at Elephant & Castle, we went out of our way to protect just one bird – and her babies.

During site clearance, Lendlease staff discovered a blackbird’s nest hidden in the hoardings. Instead of removing it, they fenced off an area of three metres around it. That meant the nest was protected, but construction could continue. No people, or equipment, could get close but the mother could fly in and out. Once hatched, the chicks would also have room to fly away.

The Lendlease staff on-site were all made aware of the nest’s presence, and so could check up on it regularly. It became an attraction on site tours – and the staff were delighted when the chicks hatched healthily. Managers were delighted too: this little extra effort contributed enormously to team morale without disrupting the all-important construction schedule.