Low Carbon Construction Celebrated at CEW Awards
15th July 2011
Cutting carbon and improving energy efficiency was the golden thread running through the 2011 Constructing Excellence in Wales Awards on Thursday night (14 July) at the Holland House Hotel, Cardiff. The event was sold out, with around 400 guests attending what was a particularly good evening for west Wales with awards for the A40, Carmarthenshire and Swansea councils.
Landmark schemes such as United Welsh Housing Association’s Passivhaus project and the improvement to the A40 (built by Costain and winner of Project of the Year) stole the headlines, but all nine awards on the night demonstrated that by pursuing an integrated team approach Wales is fast moving towards a low carbon construction industry. Time and again throughout the evening award winners showed that collaborative working delivers tangible, social and environmental benefits as well as help achieve economic targets in some very diverse projects.
Greenhill School, winner of the low carbon category is not only carbon negative, but claims to be the most energy self sufficient school in the UK. This commitment to innovation and energy efficiency in Wales is epitomised by Holbrook Timber Frame, winners of the SME award and instrumental in the BREEAM excellent Passivhaus project led by United Welsh HA. It was clear to all of the guests that Wales is at the forefront of the low carbon movement and this was further reflected in the BREEAM and Demonstration Project awards that were made during the evening at Holland House.
Milica Kitson, chief executive of Constructing Excellence in Wales said: “The CEW Awards showed Wales is setting a benchmark for what can be achieved by team working. In a great night for west Wales, Carmarthenshire County Council, represent what the Awards are about – their framework strategy not only promotes local firms, but has helped drive £160m of investment, all via collaborative working. The standards this year are fantastic – we could not even break down the project of the year to a shortlist – and what’s more the Awards event was sold out. The event clearly shows that Wales is well on the way to creating a low carbon construction industry in line with UK and Welsh Government targets. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to our sponsors and to everyone that attended such a great evening.”
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About CEW Awards 2010
It is the fifth year of Constructing Excellence in Wales Awards. All details can be found at www.cewales.org.uk/awards/.