On 16th February, Sustainable Building Services attended the finals of the 2018 Building Communities Awards, which are hosted by the procurement consortium Efficiency East Midlands. Having won two awards at the 2017 event, it maintained its winning record by taking the title of 2018 Project of the Year.
Attended by over 350 representatives of the social housing and construction sectors, the awards took place at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.
The basis of the company's nomination was its work for Chesterfield Borough Council - four consecutive phases of work under the Solid Wall Insulation Framework.
SBS began the initial £3.2m phase in 2015. This entailed fitting external wall insulation to houses and low-rise blocks in three districts. Works also included installing loft insulation, window replacement, asbestos removal, the renewal of rainwater goods, and the installation of new fibreglass canopies to some homes. SBS completed works on all 509 properties in October 2015 - five months ahead of schedule.
On the strength of this performance, Chesterfield BC directly commissioned SBS to carry out three further phases under the same framework. The latest of these is due for completion in April 2018. It involves the treatment of over 500 properties in two work streams, comprising a mix of 'hard to treat' properties, including part-cavity and solid wall.
In all, the company will have treated 1,184 properties by the end of Phase 4. All works have progressed either on or ahead of schedule and have produced excellent customer satisfaction scores. SBS has scored 100% for predictability of time by property, for predictability of spend against budget, and for the proportion of properties accepted at handover. Work has involved over 200 operatives and stakeholders, and all phases have been delivered with zero reportable H&S incidents.
Speaking after the announcement, Group Commercial Director Gary Lawson said: "We're very proud to have been named winners of the 2018 Project of the Year. It's an important achievement and it builds on a long and productive relationship with Efficiency East Midlands. Through its various frameworks, we've worked as main contractor on a wide range of schemes, helping to improve living conditions for literally thousands of families across Britain."
Last year, in the 2017 Building Communities Awards, SBS was named Contractor of the Year. It also won the Innovation Award.