Carillion scoops ICE award for eco-building
Support services and construction company Carillion has
scooped a prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) award
for an impressive eco building in York.
Carillion was presented with a Highly Commended award from the ICE Yorkshire and Humberside Award scheme by ICE President Quentin Leiper, for an eco depot.
The eco-building - which is the centre piece of a brand new £8m development for the City of York Council – is helping to put Carillion firmly on the national sustainability map and the award is further evidence of this.
The whole depot is a national exemplar of sustainable construction with real time monitoring of its performance and is used to manage the Council’s housing, waste and roads needs.
Locally grown bale was used to provide insulation which is three times more efficient than building regulations advise.
The bale is encased in a timber surround and reinforced with steel mesh prior to three coats of lime render being applied to each face, producing a standard panel of 2.9m high, 2.1m wide and 0.5m thick weighing 1.5tonnes each.
A wind turbine and solar panels to generate energy for the site – including a rainwater collection system so rain water can be recycled and used to wash depot vehicles rather than using clean tap water – is an eco feature.
Previously, council vehicles were washed at the depot using tap water costing a total of £25,000 a year.
The new system is expected to reduce water consumption by 50 per cent.
Other eco features include solar thermal panels which have been erected on ancillary buildings which are sufficient to suit the site needs for hot water.
Senior contracts manager Brian Dunn said: “It has been great for Carillion to have been part of such a ground-breaking project which has now won an award. Helping businesses to embrace sustainable solutions is one of Carillion’s key strengths.
“The project has been a real success given the close co operation and support offered by not only the Carillion design team, the Carillion regional civil engineering and building staff but also the City of York management team and their consultants.”
This is the second award the eco building has won. The impressive eco depot recently scooped the Carillion Sustainability Project of the Year Award. The Carillion awards scheme is an in-house initiative which highlights good practice - including sustainability - within the business.