Faithful+Gould Project Wins CIOB East Midlands Award

Sarah Brown
Faithful+Gould has won the Project Sustainability Award for Sleaford Leisure Centre at the CIOB Committed to Construction in the East Midlands Awards 2014.

Sleaford Leisure Centre in North Kesteven is the first of its kind in the UK to be fully heated by a sustainable district heating system, powered by excess heat from a renewable energy plant (Straw Burning Power Station). The improvement is through energy efficient lighting and low water use fittings. The principle driver for sustainability is the negotiation and provision of renewable heat for the centre.

The sustainability of heating the building and water via the straw burning power station was further promoted and demonstrated to the public in the design of the toddler woodland splash zone. This was themed on the surrounding Lincolnshire countryside, incorporating images of straw bales visually linking the sustainability of two projects. The awards celebrate the high quality of work by the region's construction industry, reflecting the dynamic nature and highlighting the broad spectrum of construction excellence delivered by businesses working in the East Midlands.

"Public reaction has been overwhelming to the redevelopment, with over 300 volunteers helping piece together a community mosaic at one point."

Richard Clarke, Faithful+Gould's Regional Director

Faithful+Gould was commissioned to provide multi disciplinary services including project management, quantity surveying and CDMC with architectural and M&E services via our tier 2 supply chain.

The award entry was prepared by Richard Clarke, regional director, who commented: "Winning this award is a great accolade for both ourselves and North Kesteven District Council. Public reaction has been overwhelming to the redevelopment, with over 300 volunteers helping piece together a community mosaic at one point. This project has highlighted how the public and private sector can work together to form mutually beneficial agreements to deliver renewable objectives and support the creation of new technologies. The sustainable heating at the heart of the project promotes the benefits and awareness of sustainability to facility users and the younger generation."

Sleaford Leisure Centre has welcomed over 82,000 visitors through its doors since opening in October and numbers continue to rise. The overall success of the project has been received well by visitors and residents of Sleaford and the surrounding areas.

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