Broadway Environmental Policy 2016/17

One of the key objectives for Broadway's Environmental Policy is to put energy saving measures and environmental sustainability at the heart of our business. Wherever possible it is our intention to reduce our carbon footprint, improve recycling, reduce reliance on packaging, minimise waste and improve efficiencies on finite natural resources in all of the company's operations and all departments.

What we do

From its origins as a single screen BFI funded regional film theatre founded in 1966 and subsequent mergers with the Nottingham Media Consortium in the 1980’s Broadway has developed into a thriving not for profit cinema and ACE NPO supported cross art form venue which aims to inspire creativity and a lifelong love of film. An educational charity Broadway is now one of the UK’s leading 4 screen independent cinemas and creative hubs attracting over 300,000 visitors each year including 183,000 paid admissions to its specialist programme of British Independent and international film. With an annual turnover of £3m it employs 80 staff, many of whom students and young creative professionals for whom working at Broadway offers full and part time salaried employment, contract and freelance opportunities in film and the arts which helps attract and retain creative talent to Nottingham.

Our Building

Broadway is a four-storey (with a basement level) 19th Century building located in the Hockley (conservation area) of Nottingham city centres Creative Quarter. The main building, originally a chapel, is connected to the original church house via a link and to a recently converted adjoining shop (three-storeys). Neighbouring properties are attached to the south with a small alley separating properties to the north; Broad Street and Heathcoat Street run alongside to the west and east of the N-S oriented build. The original building, the Wesleyan Chapel, was constructed in 1839; the link (previously an alleyway) in 2006 and the converted shop in the mid-late 1800’s.

The main building has a solid stone wall construction, pitched asphalt roof, solid concrete floors and to the rear single glazed windows. The frontage is almost entirely fully glazed, as is the link between the original chapel and church house sections; these are all double glazed units. The converted shop to the rear of the property on Heathcoat Street has a rendered solid brick construction with large amounts of glazing on the ground floor (shop window), all glazing here is single framed and the roof is flat. The building houses a cinema with four screens, a café bar, kitchen, mezzanine bar, offices, gallery, studio and workshop rooms and screening lounge. The building is open to the public from 9am-12pm 362 days a year.

The Gross Internal Area of the building is 4,456m2.

Our Impacts

During 2016/17 Broadway continued to act on its policy commitment to environmental sustainability and reinforced in discussions with trustees and staff. In 2015 Nottingham Energy Partnership (NEP) and NetPositive completed an energy survey, a detailed audit of Broadway’s energy use and environmental performance and the report has provided us with a series of recommendations for continuous improvement. Overall the report found that Broadway uses less kWh/m/year of gas for a typical ‘entertainment’ venue and that electricity usage is below the average, although Broadway is committed to making continued improvements.

However, research by NetPositive in a partnership with Nottingham Trent University’s Future Factory part funded by ERDF confirmed that the carbon impact of visiting a cinema is less than the carbon omitted when streaming video at home.

The key areas identified that can harm the environment and where we take action to make improvements and reduce our impact are:

  • Water
  • Gas
  • Electricity
  • Waste recycling
  • Transport
  • Supplies, goods and services

Our motivation for taking action is a) to make cost savings contributing to business resilience b) ensure we deliver on our organisational values c) align our values with those of our customers and d) make a tangible contribution to positive environmental change.

Whist we have already made changes to the operation of our business there is more we can do as part of a programme of continual improvement. There are changes we can make each year as part of our on-going repair and renewals policy but where actions require significant expenditure then a judgement of cost/benefit is made to either fund from reserves or if possible and timely then be incorporated into applications for capital funding or seek specialist environmental support.

We are committed to reducing the negative impact environmental impacts for Broadway’s operation that we have some or total control over are related to:

  • Our building (water, gas, electricity, ICT, suppliers and waste)
  • Our activities (printed materials, supplies, transport)
  • Our staff travel (travel schemes)

The key impacts for Broadway that we have limited or no control over are related to:

  • Our customers travel (travel schemes)


Broadway Environmental Action Plan 2016/17

Following environmental sustainability achievements in 2015/16 Broadway has continued to take action to make improvements and reduce our impact during 2016/17 covering the following activities:

  • Our building (water, gas, electricity, ICT, suppliers and waste)
  • Our activities (printed materials, supplies, transport)
  • Our staff travel (travel schemes)
  • Our customers travel (travel schemes)

Specific actions achieved during 2016/17 are as follows:


  • Installed a polyethylene unit in all the cisterns of the toilets to reduce the amount of water use when flushing


  • Motion sensors on LED lighting have been installed in the back of house areas. These will also be installed in some public areas where appropriate
  • All emergency lighting has been converted to LED
  • Closely monitor the usage of our air handling units

Waste recycling

  • Lamp recycling and disposal
  • Kitchen oil is collected and recycled
  • We have recycling bins throughout the venue, especially in all four cinema screens ensuring that all litter is correctly disposed of. Customers are able to take drinks into the cinema screens in polycarbonate glasses which are collected at the end of each film and washed and reused. This has had a big impact on the amount of rubbish that is being thrown away or recycled.
  • We use a dedicated company to collect our IT equipment and dispose/ recycle accordingly

Supplies, goods and services

  • Reusable polycarbonate glass ware for the cinema screens
  • Eco friendly beer compressor has been installed. This means the machine will only work when one of the beer lines is being used. As appose two the old machine that was running 24 hours a day
  • Locally sourced food including local sweets and popcorn sold at the box office

Achievements to March 31st 2016


  • Operate waterless urinals throughout the building
  • Converted publicly accessible water taps to push valve types


  • Replaced electrical cooking equipment to gas in the kitchen, reducing consumption and heat gain


  • Wherever possible replace existing lighting with LED greatly reducing energy consumption
  • Transferred our electricity supply contract to one with increased levels of renewable energy
  • Monitor progress and report annually our energy performance
  • Provide annual data to Julie’s Bicycle and monitor against benchmarks

Waste recycling

  • Substantial changes to our waste management by introducing co-mingled recycling collection bins, with two thirds of our waste now going to direct recycling and one third to incineration where its calorific value is extracted to help generate district heating and electricity within Nottingham City.
  • Installed additional clearly marked waste collection bins in all public areas of the building
  • Already met and exceeded our target for waste reduction


  • Reduced price ticket deal for customers using the tram to Broadway
  • Provide small secure bicycle park for customers
  • Enable staff to store their bikes securely


  • Use locally sourced produce in the bar and kitchen wherever possible
  • Brew our own branded real ale
  • capital works in 2014 part funded by the ACE Capital and ERDF required contractors to provide evidence of their environmental policies, a first step in developing a broader ethical and sustainable supply chain of goods and services

Recommendations for further reductions from April 2017 of environmental impact of our activities include:

Large Scale

  • Additional loft insulation topped up to 270mm
  • Replacement of 15 year old 84% efficient gas boilers
  • Review/replace front automatic doors
  • Improve heating controls
  • Replace kitchen extractor
  • Consider cellar cooling options

Repairs & Renewals

  • Further transition from fluorescent and halogen to LEDs
  • Install PIR motion and daylight sensors
  • Introduce rainwater harvesting for the public toilets


  • Review (daytime) lighting strategy
  • Increase freezer temperatures
  • Continue to minimise the amount of general waste including packaging
  • Continue to increase the number of local suppliers
  • Install hibernation settings to all computers
  • Go paperless where ever possible or print double sided when necessary
  • Managers will demonstrate a culture of environmental responsibility
  • To encourage increased use of public transport for the public and the staff
  • Increase the level of communication, awareness and understanding of all staff regarding Broadway’s environmental action plan
  • Operational decisions, plans and actions will be conducted in accordance with Broadway’s Action plan and Environmental policy