Environmentally friendly housebuilder celebrates sustainability award
Published by Claire Tinston for IPB Communications in Housing and also in Communities
One of the country’s leading regeneration specialists, Frank Haslam Milan Ltd. (FHM), is celebrating after one of its projects won an award for ‘Best Sustainable Project’ at the seventh annual Building Excellence Awards.
Organised by Bridgend County Borough Council's Building Control team, the awards showcase the very best in quality and innovation for Bridgend’s buildings, recognising design teams who have overcome technical issues by developing pioneering and creative solutions.
FHM, which forms part of Keepmoat, was recognised by judges for its sustainable work on the Blackmill housing estate in Bridgend.
Working on behalf of Valleys to Coast (V2C) Housing Association, FHM delivered the project which formed part of a £14 million regeneration programme to refurbish 560 non-traditional properties across the county.
The judges were impressed by the extensive use of eco technology when retrofitting up to 49 homes with solar thermal panels, photovoltaic solar panels, external wall insulation and modern air source heat pumps.
The Council’s Building Control surveyors put forward the nominations for the nine awards categories after supervising the projects as they progressed on site through to the completion of the building work.
All the winners will now go forward with the other winners to the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) awards for South Wales which will take place at the Vale of Glamorgan Golf and Spa Resort next month, hosted by television and radio personality Jason Mohammed.
The winning entries from South Wales will then go on to compete on a national scale at the LABC National Building Awards in London where they will compete against entries from the rest of the country.
David Haskell, Regional Director at FHM, said: “We are very proud to have won a ‘Best Sustainable Project’ award as it demonstrates our commitment to reducing climate change, tackling fuel poverty and boosting economic regeneration in Wales.
“It was a fantastic effort from the partnership, V2C, FHM and Michael Dysons Associates Ltd who worked closely together to ensure minimum disruption to tenants and homes with top quality results.
“We’re now looking forward to taking part in the Local Authority Building Control awards for South Wales and it would be fantastic to go on to the LABC awards in London and gain national recognition.”