Faithful+Gould Celebrate Double Award Success in the West Midlands

Angelina Padovano
Our Birmingham office is celebrating after two of our projects picked up awards at the 2016 West Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards.

Chamberlain student residence won the 'Best High Volume New Housing Development' award and the Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment at the University of Birmingham' Institute of Forestry Research (BIFoR) was highly commended in the 'Project of the Year' category. We worked with our client the University of Birmingham on both of these high profile projects.

The prestigious award ceremony was held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham and attended by over 600 leaders and innovators across the construction sector to celebrate the very best industry projects. Faithful+Gould was represented by Simon Kendall, regional director and key account manager for the University of Birmingham, and Ryan O'Connor, managing quantity surveyor and project quantity surveyor for the BIFOR research facility project.

"Congratulations to Faithful+Gould for this double award success. Both projects have had their challenges but they’ve all been overcome, with Faithful+Gould playing an instrumental role in ensuring the projects were completed to a high standard, within budget and on time."

Dan Holmes, University of Birmingham Project Surveyor 

The new £42m Chamberlain scheme comprises a 21-storey tower and three smaller blocks and offers outstanding high quality accommodation for students. Our Birmingham office was commissioned through the University of Birmingham’s quantity surveying framework to provide quantity surveying services on the project; we also provided input into the design competition process for procuring the best overall design team.

The BIFoR scheme is a pioneering £10.4m project to design, supply and install a CO2 research facility in remote historic woodland and is the only one of its kind in the UK. The team from our Birmingham office provided quantity surveying services, and worked with a single specialist contractor to deliver a bespoke, yet competitively priced solution to design and build the FACE field facility, that will test the resilience of mature forest in a high carbon future. Simon commented: "The Chamberlain residence scheme has created modern, comfortable and energy efficient homes for over 700 first-year students at the University, and I’m delighted that the success of the scheme has been celebrated."

After picking up the 'Highly Commended' certificate, Ryan said: "I feel very proud that the BIFoR project has been recognised , not only was it a very bespoke and unique project for all involved, it will also play an important role in researching the impacts of increased CO2 on the environment."

"The Chamberlain residence scheme has created modern, comfortable and energy efficient homes for over 700 first-year students at the University, and I’m delighted that the success of the scheme has been celebrated."

Simon Kendall, Faithful+Gould Regional Director

Dan Holmes, project surveyor at the University of Birmingham commented: "Congratulations to Faithful+Gould for this double award success. Both projects have had their challenges but they’ve all been overcome, with Faithful+Gould playing an instrumental role in ensuring the projects were completed to a high standard, within budget and on time."

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