The Best in the South West

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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.”

Green Build Hub

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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’.

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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.

Developed design was by architect Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole, structural engineer CDeC and services engineer Hoare Lea.  Following a two-stage tender, contractor Gilbert & Goode was engaged under an NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) option A (priced contract with activity schedule).

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.