Henry Brothers awarded for its £4.4m nursery and forestry school
Magherafelt construction company Henry Brothers has been named the winner of the UK and Republic of Ireland Building Project of the Year category worth over £2.5m at the Excellence from this year’s Construction Employers Federation (CEF).
Launched in 1999, the Construction Excellence Awards are considered the most prestigious event on the construction calendar in Northern Ireland and are designed to recognize the achievements of the industry while highlighting its contribution to the local economy.
Henry Brothers has been awarded construction project of the year for the completion of a £4.4 million nursery and forestry school at Staffordshire University.
Ian Taylor, Managing Director of Henry Brothers Midlands, said: “We are delighted to have received industry recognition for our first-ever carbon neutral project, which represents an important milestone in Henry Brothers’ strategy. aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
“Congratulations must go to our exceptional staff who have delivered an outstanding modern kindergarten and forestry school on campus, with sustainability at its heart.
“Henry Brothers is privileged to provide the University of Staffordshire with a truly scalable facility which will bring significant benefits to staff, students and their families.
“We look forward to building many more carbon neutral projects for our valued customers in the years to come.”
Woodlands Nursery and Forestry School is a single storey timber frame building located close to the university’s nature reserve at the heart of its Leek Road site in Stoke-on-Trent.
The facilities have been designed to meet the strong demand from students and staff for nurseries and to provide additional places for the wider local community.
Sustainability, digital technology and nature are at the forefront of the construction, which includes REHAU earth tubes and air-source heat pumps that use passive cooling/heating rather than mechanical ventilation; as well as roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels to offset carbon emissions.
Sally McGill, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Head of Sustainability at the University of Staffordshire, said: “On behalf of the University, I would like to extend my congratulations to Henry Brothers as winners of the building project award for the year.
“Henry Brothers have created a truly unique facility here at the University of Staffordshire which, as our greenest building, forms an important part of our green campus transformation and sustainability plans.
“As the first carbon-neutral building on campus, this facility will support the next generation as well as communities, bringing the forest setting to our city through teaching, learning, and integrating our ambitions for a more sustainable future.”
In addition to Henry Brothers, the project team consisted of Mace as project and cost managers, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios as designer and principal architect, Max Fordham as building services engineers, Civic Engineers as structural engineers and transportation consultants, and Re-form Landscape as landscapers.
The Henry Brothers design team included CPMG Architects, structural and civil engineer Hexa and Couch, Perry, Wilkes for M&E services.
Henry Brothers is part of the Henry Group, which includes a number of companies in the manufacturing and construction sector, ranging from exterior construction to interior fittings.
In partnership with its customers, it has a proven track record in education, defence, hospitality, commerce, industry, transportation and healthcare.
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