"Ten years ago, Beyond Green was ahead of its time - and ten years on, it still is. Its combination of practical, applied experience and visionary, dynamic challenge is rare indeed. It brings sustainable development to life as few others do."

Jonathon Porritt - Founder Director, Forum for the Future

"Without the provocation and input from Beyond Green it is doubtful that Manchester would have come so far, so fast in developing its understanding of what a low carbon economy means for a city with its roots in the first industrial revolution. And how much it has to gain by embracing the principles and practice of the revolution that it now needs to lead and deliver."

Mike Reardon - Strategic Director, Greater Manchester Environment Commission

"We work with Beyond Green on research projects and policy development because the company brings a fresh, yet practical approach to thinking about sustainability based on wide knowledge of global best practice."

Professor John Tomaney- Director, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University, UK

“Jonathan and Joanna provide the 'mic and amp' to the sustainability voice that is so often not heard amongst the other booming voices that tend to dominate the development process. It is not the usual green megaphone of protest though - they understand what drives the other voices and know how to sing in harmony with them”.

Dominic Grace - Head of London Residential Investment, Savills

I am a big believer in the new paradigm you are setting for the delivery of major new communities. With a lot of thought and effort being applied, I am convinced that your model will be far more commercially viable than the way major developments have been done in the past; more sustainable as well and therefore a win win all round”.

Tim Lawrence - Director, Savills

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Our Purpose

We’re Beyond Green.

We’re a company that works with people and places.
We do things differently.

We’re thoughtful and thorough.
We’re resourceful and adaptable.
We’re doers and thinkers.
We think about what we’ll leave behind, as well as what needs doing now.
We’re driven by values, but we understand commercial realities.
We work with purpose and for profit.
We recognise that ecological limits are real, urgent and absolute.
We seek out the upside of down.
We help people go beyond green to create wonderful lives (9 billion of them!).
We help people think about ways of living in places fit for the 21st century.
We design and build better, greener, healthier places.
We help people live more sustainable lives.

We’re changing where and how we live – for the better

The Story So Far

Rewind to 2001. Take one Managing Director of Greenpeace (Jonathan) and one graduate from Forum for the Future (Joanna). Set up some computers in the spare room, and Beyond Green is born.

We started by adding our sustainability thinking to a handful of projects. Over and over again, the same theme cropped up: how shall we live better, greener, healthier lives? The answers led us to bigger projects (like the Housing Corporation’s national sustainability strategy and action plan) and a lot more people in the spare room. So in 2004 we moved to Albemarle Way in Clerkenwell, which is still our base today. Our projects got meatier: we wrote sustainability strategies for cities, presented TV programmes and authored books.

But it wasn’t enough. We were constantly trying to picture better, more sustainable ways to live and work, but examples of what that would look like were – and still are – hard to find. How do you show people where and how they’ll live in the (sustainable) future?

So we decided to do it ourselves. In 2008 we set up Beyond Green Developments (formerly called Blue Living) to plan, design, build, own and manage beautiful, long-lasting sustainable places. We still do the thinking, but now we put it all into practice.

Selected Clients

Argent Group
Audi UK
Aviva Investors
BBC3 Television
Capital & Counties
Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment
Department for Children, Schools & Families
English Partnerships
GlaxoSmithKline Nutritional HealthcareUK
Leicester City Council
London Development Agency
Manchester City Council
Northumbrian Water
Places for People Group
Premier League
Ropemaker Properties
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
St James
Swindon Borough Council
The Energy Saving Trust
Transform Schools
Virgin trains
West Sussex County Council