July 17, 2017, by Liz Cass
National awards for Nottingham building
The University of Nottingham has picked up two national titles at the Construction News Awards 2017.
At a black tie ceremony in Park Lane leaders from across the industry came together to celebrate the best of the best in UK construction: the companies, people and projects that champion innovation and ambition.
The University won The Sustainable project of the Year for the GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry.
After a public vote it also scooped Client of the Year award in recognition of the ambition for sustainability and setting new industry standards despite setbacks when a fire destroyed the timber-framed building during construction in September 2014.
Chris Jagger, Chief Estates and Facilities Officer at the University of Nottingham, said: “We are delighted that we have been recognised by our peers in the construction industry. The GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry truly are revolutionary and will drive change in how Chemistry research is delivered. Last year we completed four major building projects at the University all with sustainability excellence embedded in the construction and the Client of the Year award is testament to the professionalism and hard work of the teams who work with us to deliver these projects. “
The GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry (CNL) were designed to ensure minimal environmental impact. They incorporate innovative developments in sustainable construction and renewable energy provision to ensure that they will have a zero impact on the environment over 25 years by offsetting all of the embedded and operational carbon associated with the building.
The Construction News Awards are the industry’s biggest and most prestigious awards, showcasing the best ideas, performance and achievements from the past 12 months.
The winning firms were selected by a panel of 69 judges, comprising senior figures from clients, public sector bodies and industry organisations.