PCMS Shortlisted for LABC Building Excellence Award

Thursday, April 26th, 2012
We were very pleased to hear this week that a recent PCMS project has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Sustainable Building’ category of the LABC Building Excellence Awards in the Central Region.

LABC is a member organisation representing local authority building control officers in England and Wales, and each year they run a series of regional awards to recognise high quality design and construction work. 

Our shortlisted project is extension works to The Lawns Early Excellence Centre in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. This mixed use site provides nursery education and children’s centre services. The brief was to expand the Centre to create additional consulting rooms and nursery provision. There was already a great deal of under-utilised space in the height of the building, and so our design solution was to add an extra storey to the existing building, allowing for the creation of an additional 200 square meters of usable space at first floor level.

This has resulted in a good sustainable project for several reasons. The additional required space has been achieved whilst keeping the amount of embodied energy used in the construction materials to an absolute minimum. The design made minimal use of bricks, timber, steel and concrete – all helping to reduce the energy and CO2 emissions used in their production, manufacture and transportation. And by building upwards rather than outwards, the Centre has been able to retain their children’s garden and play area.

The winners in the Central Region LABC Building Excellence Awards will be announced on Thursday 17th May 2012.