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.
Residents could save £30 million over 5 years through an energy service partnership offered by South West Social Housing Providers.
In recognition that energy bills can be a significant household cost, EnergySW has been launched by Advantage SW[i], specifically to offer the residents of 12 social housing providers great value energy tariffs.
The energy supply partnership between Advantage SW and OVO Energy[ii] offers competitively priced tariffs targeted at over 80,000 social housing households in the Advantage SW membership. The tariffs are amongst the most competitive in the market and, by working with OVO, EnergySW is able to provide high levels of customer service. The service also includes providing pre-payment customers with free smart meters; increasing convenience and energy budget control. Recognising the particular demographic of residents, there is no additional charge for paper billing and the Warm Homes Discount applies.
Ocean Housing Ltd has now promoted EnergySW to our residents in the hope that many will see the benefits of switching. What is more, income generated through EnergySW will be used to help more residents save on their energy bills. To date three other similar partnerships have been launched successfully with Local Authorities in Cheshire East, Peterborough and Southend-on-Sea. Combined, these partnerships have attracted over 5,000 customers. This would be the first partnership to launch which targets social housing.
EnergySW entered the market on 23 November with a website where residents can sign up and switch to the new supply (www.energysw.co.uk) along with phone-based sign-up methods.
[i]Advantage SW is a Limited Liability Partnership owned by four Registered Providers in the South West, Yarlington Housing Group, North Devon Homes, Ocean Housing and DCH. It was created to deliver better outcomes for social housing customers through collaborative working which involve activities around home design, procurement frameworks and now energy.
[ii] Headquartered in Bristol, OVO Energy, the 10th fastest growing business in the UK, is one of the leading independent suppliers in the UK energy retail market. OVO was founded in 2009 by Stephen Fitzpatrick who set out to create a better energy company. Since entering the market in 2009, OVO currently has over 500,000 customers and created over 800 jobs.
OVO’s guiding principles are simplicity, transparency and fairness in all of its operations: making the energy industry easier for consumers to understand and making sure prices reflect the actual cost of doing business so customers know they’re getting a good deal.
OVO is ECO and Affordable Warmth obligated and offers some of the best pre-payment tariffs in the market which include the installation of free smart meters.
The NEC-procured Green Build Hub owned by the Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust is a new sustainable construction centre for the UK. It is located at the Eden Project visitor attraction site in Cornwall, UK and was part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Gilbert & Goode won the project through open tender to build this innovative BREEAM Outstanding building, with the intention of offering a range of exciting opportunities.
As well as providing research, development, promotion and training facilities for the green building industry, the £1.4 million building itself is intended to serve as a benchmark for sustainable design, procurement, construction and operation, becoming a ‘living laboratory’.
The quadrant-shaped, two-storey, highly insulated timber-framed building features natural thermal insulation, glulam roof beams and triple-glazed windows, all helping it to achieve a BREEAM ‘outstanding’ rating. The design and construction adopted a closed-loop, cradle-to-cradle approach, with fully recyclable and reusable materials being used throughout.
Work started in October 2014 and was completed on programme and to budget in July 2015.
Supporting Project Values
Project manager Phil Crossley of Ward Williams Associates says NEC was chosen to ensure the project’s values were delivered successfully. These include collaboration, resource efficiency, training and sustainability.
‘By commencing the project with the NEC workshops we delivered a number of project values, such as collaboration and training. It brought the team together and, by discussing the processes and best practice together as a team, we created a mutual air of trust that ran throughout construction.
‘On site the management processes for the contract ran very smoothly and supported the process of delivering a project on time and within budget. In particular it allowed us to report clearly to the European Regional Development Fund throughout the work.
‘There were no hidden issues and, when an unexpected construction project started on the adjacent site, the project team was able to run risk reduction meetings and achieve benefits to both contracts.’
NEC cost, programme and risk management processes allowed sustainability values to be carefully monitored and delivered, helping to achieve a BREEAM ‘outstanding’ rating as well as enhancing the training value of the project.
The project is 75% funded by the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme.