New offices for South Gloucestershire Council wins award

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By Trucks79 | Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 15:02

South Gloucestershire Council’s new offices at Badminton Road, Yate have won an award at the prestigious regional heats of the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) West of England Building Excellence Awards.

The council’s new Badminton Road offices were judged winner of ‘Best Large Commercial Development’ at the award ceremony last month.

The offices were designed by Stride Treglown and built by contractors Kier Western. They contain a host of eco-friendly, energy-efficient and money saving features including a biomass boiler, solar panels for energy generation, natural ventilation and rainwater harvesting that will help keep running costs to a minimum.

These eco-friendly features impressed the judges who said: “The South Gloucestershire Council building in Yate has been developed as a state of the art, sustainable, future-proof facility to improve cost efficiency and reduce the authority’s carbon footprint.”

The construction of the Badminton Road offices is part of a wider accommodation strategy which will save residents £1.3 million per year as the council will no longer have to pay for expensive leased offices and will be able to sell vacated accommodation. The reduction in the number of offices occupied by council teams will also save money on rates, energy, repairs and equipment.

Cllr Alan Higgs, executive member for corporate affairs, said: “This award reflects the hard work and attention to detail that has gone into the Badminton Road office project. I’m delighted that this has been recognised at the LABC awards.”

David Perry, the council’s deputy chief executive, said: “The council is committed to achieving the best value for money for South Gloucestershire’s residents and the new offices support this aim. The LABC award is on top of Badminton Road receiving an ‘Excellent’ rating from the internationally-recognised Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).“

Other South Gloucestershire buildings were recognised at the awards including:

Winners

• Best technical – Over Court Farmhouse

• Best community development – Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre

• Best sustainable development – Trinity Primary School, Acton Turville

Highly Commended

• Best partnership – Newlands Homes

• Best small commercial development – Over Court Farmhouse

• Best sustainable development – Badminton Road

The winners will go through to the national finals to be held in London in November.

LABC is an organisation that works with local authorities to encourage excellence in technical innovation, sustainability and high standards in the construction industry. The owners of buildings, architects, building contractors and building surveyors can all submit nominations to the awards.

Virtually every class of building from domestic extensions, social housing and apartments, through to schools, hospitals, commercial and retail properties can be.

To get involved in next year’s nominations, simply submit your building regulations application through the council and you could be in with a chance of appearing at next year’s LABC Building Excellence Awards.

For further information on the council’s Building Control Service please visit www.southglos.gov.uk and type ’building regulations’ into the search engine.

Information on the LABC Building Excellence Awards can be obtained on the LABC Website www.labc.uk.com.

      

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  • Profile image for A.Y.S. Carpentry and Building Co.

    Looks like a 1970's comprehensive school. Except it cost £32,000,000

    In any other town this development would lead to the regeneration of that area, somehow I doubt this council are able to pull that off.

    Ever wondered why there are no major private office developments in Yate?
    Council lethargy, ineptitude, focussing on North Bristol and neglecting Yate.

    How much commuter traffic out of Yate could be saved if commercial jobs were created in Yate, especially so close to the Rail Station?

    The council couldn't even put in enough car-parking in the place so too much to expect anything else from them I suppose.

              
     
  • Profile image for yateace

    I was hoping that this new build was part of a money saving scheme and not just another expense. I am glad that it is part of a scheme to save of lease fees in their previous office space. What I would like to know, is to what cost this build was brought together under? Is the £1.3 million saving a drop in the ocean compared to the cost of the build?

    By yateace at 08:57 on 06/08/10

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