A wide range of projects of varying size and covering several sectors make up the shortlist for Sustainable Project of the Year, showcasing the best examples of green building in the UK.
Finalists for this award had to provide tangible evidence that the environmental impact of the project during both construction and use had been taken into account.
This award is given to construction teams who deserve recognition for high standards of work, hitting budgets and achieving client satisfaction, against the backdrop of a healthy and safe working environment.
Judges were also looking for evidence of commitment to sustainability thoughout the supply chain and innovation.
It was open to projects that achieved practical completion, or equivalent, between November 2011 and March 2013.
Bam Nuttall – Olympic Park
The aim of this project was to build an Olympic Park that would be truly sustainable and create a lasting legacy, both of which were achieved. Environmental impacts during construction were reduced, with 1.5m tonnes of excavated and contaminated soil processed through an onsite ‘Soil Hospital’ to reduce waste.
Clegg Construction – Energy Technologies Building for the University of Nottingham
Built to house research into new energy technologies, this building is so energy-efficient that it has actually lowered the carbon footprint of an adjacent building because it exports so much energy. It is exceeding performance targets and was the first higher education building to achieve BREEAM Outstanding.
David Morley Architects – London 2012 Water Polo Arena
Every component of this temporary venue was sourced from the local supply chain, and all of it will be either recycled or returned to that supply chain upon dismantling. The project demonstrated that temporary sports venues are viable and even desirable, potentially presenting a new way forward for future Olympics.
Imtech & Northumbrian Water – Howden AAD plant
Howden is the most efficient advanced digestion plant built to date. Imtech developed a Project Sustainability Action Plan to create measurable targets aligned with those of Northumbrian Water. The plant produces almost 40 per cent of the power required for wastewater treatment, as well as over 20 per cent of Northumbrian’s overall power requirements.
Keepmoat – St Mary’s redevelopment
After several failed attempts to regenerate the St Mary’s area of Oldham, Contour Homes appointed Keepmoat to build 52 social rented homes and 41 Rent to Buy properties. These included what are described as some of the most eco-friendly designs in the North-west, including two Passivhaus homes – the first in the region.
Marks and Spencer – Cheshire Oaks
This large development was one of M&S’s ‘learning stores’ – incorporating new sustainable technologies that can be monitored and potentially incorporated across the company’s portfolio. As the biggest of these stores, Cheshire Oaks is providing valuable lessons for M&S management, with rigorous post-occupancy evaluations still being carried out.
Seddon Construction – Bowker Street refurbishment
This Salford project has seen 12 two-bed flats suffering from low demand and long-term voids refurbished to their original status as six large four-bedroom Victorian houses. The results were striking: it was the first project to achieve the new BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment Standard on a budget of £570,000, reducing running costs by 88 per cent.
Skanska Balfour Beatty JV – M25 widening
This project’s scale meant simple solutions could deliver huge sustainability benefits when applied across the whole scheme. Materials were identified as the main component of its carbon footprint and efforts were focused on this area. The team ensured as little as possible left site, retaining maximum value within the works and generating huge carbon savings.