Wednesday, 29th April 2015

Finalists for the SECBE Award’s ‘sustainability’ category announced!

Martin Gibson, Temple’s judge for the SECBE Awards, attended the judging day on 23 April to help decide the finalists for the coveted sustainability category. To find out more about why Temple sponsor this category see our article here. The award ceremony will take place on 2 July at the Lancaster Hotel, where Martin will also be presenting the award to the winner.

The shortlist of entries for the category include the following:

119 Ebury Street (David Morley Architects)

This innovative project consists of a change of use for a hotel to create 3 residential duplexes. The scheme is set to include the integration of sustainable solutions into a Grade II listed property with an approach which is both sensitive and appropriate to the historic fabric. Through the application of the maximum possible efficient engineering systems and low carbon technologies, this “exemplar” sustainable retrofit project meets the government’s 2050 national carbon reduction target of 80%.

9 Cambridge Avenue (Francis Construction)

The urban master plan to regenerate a business park required the removal of a building that was only 10 years old. Francis Construction worked closely with SEGRO to plan and implement the re-location of the 3300m2 warehouse 1 mile away over a narrow railway bridge. The project commenced with the demolition and disassembly of the building. Components including the precast beams, total steel frame, precast planks, curtain walling, fencing, lift and balustrading were re-used to create a low carbon build with highly sustainable values whilst providing a building fit for purpose for today’s standards. The project saved 55% of the emissions of a comparative new build or 680T of CO2e.

Eco-classrooms – London Diocesan Schools (eco classrooms)

Commissioned by London Diocesan Schools, Eco-classrooms were tasked with constructing a large sweeping double classroom extension with an adapted pitch roof solution for St Matthew’s School in Enfield. The build was completed with just 12 weeks on-site construction time. Both staff and pupils are excited by the prospect of moving in to these inspiring classrooms in the coming weeks.

Murphy Group  (J Murphy & Sons)

Established over 60 Years ago as J Murphy & Sons, Murphy is now one of the most recognisable names in the building and civil engineering industry and are an integral part of the UK’s infrastructure. Murphy continuously strives to encourage their employees to think freely and creatively, enabling them to provide safe and sustainable solutions to complex infrastructure problems.

Murphy believes that innovation is the key to delivering safer, smarter and greener solutions for their clients. This has led to the development of Murphy Bright Ideas™ and Innovation Edge™ – the capture of innovation taking place within the business.

Sunbury Lock Refurbishment Works (Environment Agency)

Sunbury Lock is one of the oldest and busiest locks in the River Thames and recent condition survey showed that the gates and the chamber were in a very poor condition and needed urgent works to increase its working life. The team succeeded in developing sustainable fabrication and installation methods without compromising the historical value of the area.

The Big Parks Project (Crofton Design)

The Big Parks Project was designed to improve leisure facilities and act as a gateway to the South Downs National Park. The project has been highly collaborative, with input from many local organisations and the local community. At the centre of the project was the development of a building to act as a central activity hub. Re-using much of a derelict building, the hub is designed to be highly energy efficient and includes a café.

Wilmcote House, Portsmouth (ECD Architects)

Wilmcote House was originally originally constructed as a poorly insulated precast concrete structure. Consisting of three 11-storey linked residential blocks which provide much needed affordable housing for Portsmouth City Council. With no place to relocate the residents within these 107 units, the City commissioned ECD Architects for the building’s regeneration to be achieved with the residents in occupation.

The project has attracted ECO funding and been designed to meet the stringent EnerPHit standard, the retrofit equivalent to Passivhaus. Achievement of this standard will reduce annual heating and hot water costs by 90%, saving around £750 per dwelling per annum in energy bills.