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Costain Wins London Building Excellence Award

30 May 2013

A school built by Costain to meet the demands of the 21st Century was recently named Best Education Building at the annual LABC London Building Excellence Awards 2013.

Deptford Green School in Lewisham, east London, was named Best Education Building at a ceremony held at London’s Guildhall. The awards celebrate the very best in construction from across the London region, with winning projects recognised for their high level of skill, professionalism and team work.

Deptford Green’s new school buildings brought all the students together onto a single site and were designed to be accessible for disabled people and include various sustainable technologies. It opened in September 2012 offering state of the art learning opportunities, wireless technology, biometric cashless payment and registration systems, music classrooms, a sound recording studio and radio station.

The judges noted that a close working relationship between Lewisham Council’s building control team meant that most of the green targets were exceeded and the new building achieved a BREEAM excellent rating.

Commenting on the school, LABC Chief Executive Paul Everall, said: “This remarkable new school building shows the benefit of close working relationships between building control and contractors.  As well as providing a sound learning environment the buildings are energy efficient and provide natural ventilation and light, exceeding the sustainability targets set out at the start of the project.”

LABC is the member organisation representing Local Authority Building Control departments in England and Wales. It membership includes over 3,000 professional surveyors and support technicians across 12 regions.

Deptford Green School is one of nine constructed by Costain in Lewisham and was built as part of the Lewisham BSF Framework in partnership with Watkins Gray International Architects and Ramboll Structural Engineers. Costain received a similar award for Sedgehill School in 2010 and Trinity School in 2011.

Commenting on the award, Clive Kraus, the Senior Project Manager, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised at the LABC London Region Building Excellence Awards. This award is testament to all the hard work from everyone on the team to produce a world class educational establishment.”