Ocean were looking for a unique way to mark the big occasion – to celebrate the completion of their 1,000th new home in Cornwall for local families – so we invited the school children of Connor Downs Academy to rise to the challenge.
The unique idea chosen was to turn the 1,000th home into a house decorated with pictures of local scenes or people painted by Connor Downs’ children along with prints of some of the world’s best known pictures, including The Mona Lisa.
As part of the official opening, by Ocean’s Group Chairman, Dennis Spilsbury, guests entered the 1,000th home and were greeted by a wonderful sea of art from the local children within the one off ‘Art House’. Continue reading →
Gilbert & Goode swept the board at last Friday’s Constructing Excellence South West Built Environment Awards, winning multiple awards for the Green Build Hub Project at Eden.
The prestigious award ceremony held at the Bristol Marriot Hotel and hosted by ‘Homes under the Hammer’ Martin Roberts, showcases Excellence in the region and rewards the accomplishments of organisations and project teams that can demonstrate Best Practice in construction.
The Green Build Hub is a living laboratory and training facility at Eden commissioned by the Cornwall Sustainability Trust. The ultra-low carbon building is only the third anywhere in Devon & Cornwall to achieve BREEAM outstanding – the UK’s highest possible environmental standard. The first of its kind, Ocean Housing’s Prince Charles House in St Austell, was also built by Gilbert & Goode.
The Green Build Hub stole the show, winning the ultimate accolade at the awards – The Winner of Winners.
The judges were looking for an outstanding project that best demonstrates the highest level of technical achievement, innovation, application of best practice and team working throughout the supply chain, delivered to time and budget, with the highest standards of quality and health & safety, lowest environmental impact and most importantly, to the customer’s delight!
The Winner of Winners title was in addition to winning the Integration & Collaborative Working award, and being runner up in both Project of the Year and the Young Achiever award.
Simon Caklais, MD of Gilbert & Goode said
“we are honoured to receive not only multiple awards but the ultimate accolade at such a prestigious event; the best in the South West! Green Build Hub demonstrates not only our technical capability to deliver high quality low carbon buildings but how our collaborative approach to working with our customers and supply chain, creates successful partnerships and successful outcomes.”
The timing of last night’s award ceremony couldn’t have been better.
Only yesterday Ocean Housing Group was celebrating our 1000th new home since we started building affordable homes for local people back in 2003. Children from Connor Downs school were invited to send in their artwork masterpieces to turn a home into an Art House for the event.
The RICS Highly Commended award was for the Windmill House residential development at Fowey. The new self-contained, one-bedroomed apartments at Windmill House address the need for high-quality, yet affordable rented housing designed specifically for over 55’s in the sought-after area.