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Filwood Green Business Centre named as best new building in UK awards for sustainability projects

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Written by: Gavin Thompson | Posted 20 July 2015 14:02

Filwood Green Business Centre named as best new building in UK awards for sustainability projects
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A business centre created to be South Bristol’s answer to the Engine Shed has been hailed the UK’s best new building.

Filwood Green Business Centre won title at the 2Degrees Champions awards, created to reward and celebrate behind sustainability initiatives.

Voters were impressed with the decision to build the park in Knowle West, an economically deprived area.

The brownfield site, formerly Whitchurch airport which closed in the 1950s, had asbestos contaminated soil and the possibility of unexploded Second World War bombs, as well as being plagued by Japanese knotweed.

The economic downturn meant a private sector developer was unlikely to take forward the project so Bristol City Council stepped in. Securing European Regional Development Funding and a loan from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s Regional Infrastructure Fund.

The centre, build by Bristol-based Midas Construction, opened recently with much fanfare.

The building aims to achieve a 40 per cent CO2 reduction, saving the equivalent emissions of 276 double decker buses annually.

Its green credentials include:
• 138 kWp photovoltaic panels (plus PV used on site during construction);
• sedum green roof and sky garden reflecting biodiversity of the site;
• low water use appliances;
• electric vehicle charging points;
• secure cycle storage, showers and drying room;
• Native tree planting, bird boxes and wildlife ecology zone

And displays in reception tell visitors how well the building is performing.

Derek Quinn, executive director at Midas, said: “We’re very proud to see it win the 2degrees Champions Awards 2015.

“This project is a great example of how a large building scheme being delivered for the local community by local businesses can have a genuine impact on the local economy. 20 local young people worked towards an NVQ qualification during this build, and many of the people on the site were able to walk to work because we focused so heavily on employing locally. It’s a great example of local businesses and people working together for the community they live and work in.”

The centre’s mission is to support business growth.It offers a comfortable, healthy and attractive working environment with low running costs and a hub area designed to encourage interaction.

 

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