Welcome to the latest edition of Premier Construction magazine.
This month we take a look at some of the most celebrated projects in the country with our extensive coverage of the RIBA Awards and the NHBC Pride in the Job Awards.
RIBA Regional Awards and RIBA National Awards are for buildings in the UK by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows. Winners of RIBA National Awards are considered for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize.
Meanwhile, the NHBC Pride in the Job Awards remain the bench mark for best practice in UK construction. The annual competition was established with the aim of recognising and rewarding quality house building and, specifically, the role that site managers play. The awards were intended to shine a light on the UK’s best construction sites; developments which were tidy, well organised, well managed, disciplined and innovative.
Commenting on the RIBA Awards, RIBA President, Angela Brady, commented:
“For nearly fifty years, the RIBA Awards have reflected the changing state of British architecture and revealed emerging design trends. What really stands out is that even in times of austerity, we can still deliver amazingly clever, high quality buildings that reflect the needs of today and enhance our daily lives.”
This month Premier Construction will also be featuring our usual round up of new developments and refurbishment schemes, including Blackburn Meadows and The Boathouse.
E.ON’s Blackburn Meadows Renewable Energy Plant is a new energy facility currently under construction in Sheffield. The plant, which burns 100% waste wood, is being built on a brownfield site close to Meadowhall Shopping Centre and replaces a former coal fire plant.
Blackburn Meadows Renewable Energy Plant will generate 30MW electrical output, providing approximately 40,000 homes. The plant will displace the emissions of around 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year – the equivalent of removing 20,000 cars off UK roads – and burns carbon neutral fuel instead of traditional fossil fuels, such as coal and gas.
The Boathouse project, meanwhile, comprised the renovation of a Grade II Listed boat store in Great Walsingham, Norfolk, into a two-bedroom dwelling. As the building was a Listed property, all work was conducted sensitively, with the new living quarters designed to remain sympathetic to the surrounding area.
With all this and more, join us as we celebrate the developments that continue to shape our landscape.