University of Leicester takes pride of place in East Midlands fbe Awards 2017

Posted by pt91 at Oct 17, 2017 04:40 PM |
World-famous Engineering Building crowned overall winner

Issued by University of Leicester on 17 October 2017

The refurbishment of the Engineering Building roof at the University of Leicester has been crowned the overall winner at the East Midlands fbe Awards 2017.

Nominated by Pulse Associates, who provided project management for the scheme, the work involved replacing 2,500 pieces of glass to the roof and façade of the Grade II* listed, architecturally significant building and the creation of an internal environment fit for modern-day teaching needs.

Sponsored by building company DW Hicks, the award was the top accolade presented at the East Midlands fbe Chairman’s Dinner & Awards night, held at the City Rooms in Leicester, with the judges saying: This was a truly deserving winner, based on the high status and complexity of the project, and the overall effort, costs and risks involved in securing the retention of a highly valued building for future generations.”

The scheme had earlier won the Regeneration Award sponsored by insurance expert Arthur J Gallagher. The judges said: This was a highly complex retention and renovation of a listed, iconic and well-loved building. The intensive consultation and collaboration was to deliver improved performance and increased flexibility.

“Considering the building’s unique detailing and considerable works, the judges were impressed that the building remained in use throughout the works.

“Architecturally significant in its originality, aesthetics and structural engineering solution, the judges had to acknowledge the time and commitment to restoring the structure and retaining the celebrated design.”

Brita Sread, Director of Estates and Campus Services at the University of Leicester said: “We’re delighted to have won these awards. The project was incredibly complex and we felt a strong sense of responsibility to do right by such an iconic and significant building, so to be recognized in this way is a great feeling. Thanks to all of our partners who worked with us on the project and who I hope will share in the success of the finished scheme.”

Around 130 professionals from the construction, property and development sector in the East Midlands attended the annual ceremony, which included a welcoming drinks reception sponsored by consulting engineer BSD.

Compèred by former England international rugby player and ex-Leicester Tiger player Peter Wheeler, the evening also raised £1,378 for the Wooden Spoon charity, an organisation dedicated to providing rugby coaching for disabled, or disadvantaged, children. The charity aims to positively transform the lives of young people across the UK and Ireland.

Eddie Mewies, regional chairman of the East Midlands fbe and MD of M-EC Consulting Development Engineers, said: “A huge congratulations to all the finalists and especially the winners of these awards, which highlight and reward the teams behind some of the best construction projects in the East Midlands and also shine a light on the young people who are showing outstanding achievements in their areas of work.

“The East Midlands fbe Awards give us the opportunity to recognise and highlight the great projects that are undertaken in this region, and I’d like to thank all the companies that nominated and took part this year.”

The fbe is a national organisation, with branches across the UK and is the longest established networking group for the property, development and construction industries. As well as running the annual awards scheme, the East Midlands branch also organises a number of social and other events. The East Midlands branch covers Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

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