Severn Trent Centre in Coventry has been awarded a top prize at the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) West Midlands Construction and Awards Dinner 2011, which took place in Birmingham last night. The new £60million operational centre for Severn Trent PLC, which was completed by Stoford Developments Ltd, secured the coveted Sustainability award. The 170,000 sq ft office accommodation was completed in September 2010 and forms the head office for the utilities company, providing a base for around 1,700 employees. The project aimed to be the manifestation of the company’s low carbon agenda and has set new industry standards, boasting one of the lowest carbon footprints for any UK office building and achieving a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The Sustainability award measures a project’s commitment to the efficient use of resources and celebrates schemes that provide suitable environments to meet the needs of people now, as well as the needs of future generations.

Now in their 21st year, the RICS awards are widely acknowledged as an annual celebration of built environment projects that demonstrate true excellence and commitment to sustainability and value for money. Celebrating exemplary building projects from across the region, the awards recognise West Midlands developments in four award categories – Building Conservation, Community Benefit, Regeneration and Sustainability. In support of the project’s success on the night, the judges commented: “The sheer success of this scheme comes in abandoning older and less efficient buildings and significantly improving working conditions for staff. In addition, the economy in energy use on the building is nothing short of amazing.”

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