RIBA recognises outstanding achievements

A complex redevelopment scheme completed by Nottinghamshire construction contractors Robert Woodhead Limited has been awarded two awards last month. The scheme won a Regional RIBA Award and a Conservation Award.

The University of Nottingham commissioned an exciting project to breathe new life into one of the oldest buildings on the university’s largest campus, University Park. Highfield House is a Grade II Listed building and the transformation provided a modern wrap around extension to the existing listed building to offer modern and flexible accommodation for the Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS), Graduate School and Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre.

The £2.1m scheme was also designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent which demonstrates excellent environmental performance. The modern building is in keeping with other new developments on the campus. The construction works were completed in 11 months and received an excellent Considerate Constructors score of 36/40 which demonstrates performance beyond compliance to the scheme.

Glenn Slater comments on the success. “The Highfield House Project was a special project for Robert Woodhead Limited from conception. It enabled our dedicated conservation team Woodhead Heritage to work closely with Woodhead Living the specialist arm of Robert Woodhead Ltd. who deliver exemplar sustainable developments whist remaining sympathetic to the principles of conservation. The Conservation Award is testament to the hard work and passion shown by both teams to preserve one of the oldest buildings on the University Campus and transform it into a smart, sustainable and dynamic space for the University. I would like to extend my congratulations to everyone involved in the project”

The Regional RIBA Awards are judged and presented locally and the awards reflect changes in architectural tastes, technology and aspirations, but at their core is a commitment to the understanding and enjoyment of buildings and spaces, whilst they continually set and reward new standards in British architecture.