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Education sector leads way on sustainability

Two primary schools, a university and a Level 6 Zero Carbon Home are amongst the 12 sustainable projects which have won through regional heats to the final shortlist for the RICS Awards 2008.

The awards cover Building Conservation, Regeneration, Sustainability and Community Benefit.

In the sustainability shortlist includes Larmenier and Scared Heart Primary School in London, Northumbria University Campus East in Newcastle (pictured) and Navigation Primary School in Altrincham

Simon Pott, chairman of the judging panel, said: “The response has been excellent this year. The shortlist highlights the exceptional standard of work being done today to enhance and preserve the global built and natural environments. 

'The property professionals involved are vital in linking people, places and property, making the best use of limited resources, all contributing to the wider environment and community. The shortlist contains a magnificent range of exciting projects which are a credit to the skilled teams involved.”

Grand Designs presenter, Kevin McCloud, will announce the overall winners at a gala awards ceremony at The Millennium Hotel, Mayfair on 17th October 2008.

The projects up for the sustainability award are:

Merck Serono in Geneva, Switzerland - Relocation of Serono's administrative, research, and development departments from various offices

Kingspan Lighthouse, Watford - Design and construction of a zero carbon Level 6 Code for Sustainable Homes house built at BRE, Watford.

Heart of the National Forest Youth Hostel, East Midlands - A new youth hostel in the National Forest incorporating an exemplar sustainable design.

Larmenier and Scared Heart Primary School, London - Larmenier is a shining example of sustainable design used effectively to reduce carbon emission and to raise awareness of sustainability in the minds of young people and their community. It utilises and displays a range of environmentally-friendly design solutions: a sedum-covered roof, photovoltaic panels, natural light and ventilation throughout, and a range of energy saving installations.

Northumbria University Campus East, North East - Northumbria University's new City Campus East Development comprising two buildings to house the Schools of Law, Business and Design. The buildings provide 24,000 m2 of new teaching, office and support facilities set in highly landscaped surroundings.

Navigation Primary School, North West - New primary school for Trafford Council in Altrincham.

The Orchard, Northern Ireland - The Orchard Development is situated on a brownfield site within a scenic 18 hectare woodland site rich in wildlife. The building has been designed with sustainability at the forefront.


Inverness District Office – Forestry Commission Scotland, Inverness - A modern purpose built office to provide a comfortable working environment for staff, whilst incorporating the principles of sustainability and with an emphasis on the use of home grown timber.

Oxley Woods, South East - Oxley Woods is a three hectare site with 145 dwellings in Milton Keynes, providing a mixture of affordable housing and large private dwellings around a central High Street. Designed as high quality houses for a construction cost of £60,000, and built to a number of quality standards, including 'Eco homes' and 'Building for Life'.

Great Bow Wharf, South West - Having stood derelict for over a decade, the Grade II listed warehouse in Langport was re-opened by Ecos Homes and the Langport Area Development Trust.

Skomer Island NNR Building and Infrastructure Development, Wales - Redevelopment of farm complex to provide accommodation for overnight guests, researchers, volunteers and the assistant warden. Replacement of warden accommodation, replacement of one maintained building, including new infrastructure-water system, off grid electricity, etc.

Innovate Green Office, Yorkshire - Construction of a 45,000 ft  sustainable service office building utilising a concrete pre-cast structure, green roof with rainwater recycling, vacuum drainage, Tri generation CHP with absorption chilling, termodeck natural ventilation, fully integrated BMS management system, over 2 and 3 floors linked with central street atrium. Externals incorporate permeable pavements, managed SUDS system and enhanced landscaping with wildlife habitat. Project achieved an Excellent rating under BREEAM with a score of 87.55% (highest score ever achieved).