UK’s first zero-cost energy park wins two awards

Britain’s first zero-cost energy park at Armstrong Point in Wigan has received further industry recognition with two awards at the North West Regional Construction Awards 2013.

Submitted by building contractors Tolent Construction and partners Kingspan Renewables, the £2.7million project from developer Armstrong Properties won the Sustainability Award and the Regional Project of the Year for Lancashire at the prestigious event which celebrates the achievements of the region’s best and most innovative construction projects, organisations and individuals. The 2,095 square metre development comprises nine industrial units served by fourteen different energy-efficient technologies that mean tenants do not have to pay any energy costs.

Armstrong Point was completed by Tolent in December 2012 in conjunction with lead consultants, Carbon Consultancy Company, consulting engineers Bailey Johnson Hayes and architects Jennings Design Associates. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF, it is one of a select number of UK developments to attain a BREEAM Outstanding rating. All nine units have an A+ Energy Performance Certificate rating.

Tolent Regional Director, Mike Dunn, said:

“Tolent Construction are delighted to be involved in such a pioneering and now award–winning scheme which gives us a flavour of where construction will be in a few years with respect to energy usage and efficiency. We are proud to have worked alongside such an innovative client as Armstrong Developments and Carbon Consultancy and we hope to be involved in many more innovative schemes with them in the future.”

Dave Armstrong of Armstrong Properties said:

“We are delighted to win such a prestigious award, having developed the concept of not only providing quality space for tenants but allowing them to save money by reducing their carbon footprint and being more energy aware. Bringing something so unique and innovative to the Wigan borough sets a precedent for others to follow. We faced tough competition with a number of big construction companies and developers so it was important to us to be recognised for a sustainable outlook which has been followed through and will continue on into the future development.”

The seventh annual awards ceremony and dinner of the North West Regional Construction Awards was held at The Palace Hotel, Manchester. Hosted by the Centre for Construction, the Constructing Excellence Centre for the North West, the night saw 16 Award winners and eight Highly Commended finalists rewarded for their accomplishments. All winners (with the exception of the Regional Project of the Year categories) will be put forward to the Constructing Excellence National Final taking place later in the year. A record £3,500 was also raised for the supported charity on the night, Princes Trust, which will go towards helping disadvantaged young people into work, training or education.