University Heating Infrastructure Project wins award

Power Plant - civic trust award winner

The University’s £22 million Heating and Infrastructure Project (HIP) has won a 2011 Civic Trust Award.

Launched in 1959, the Civic Trust Awards are one of the oldest built environment award schemes in Europe and have rewarded more than 6,500 projects which have made a difference to local people and their communities by providing the design and facilities which have made better places for people.

The award for the HIP, which was presented at a ceremony held in the People’s History Museum in Manchester,   was given to the project as it ‘makes an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the environment, but also demonstrates excellence in architecture or design, sustainability, inclusion design and makes a positive social, cultural, environmental or economic benefit to the local community.’

From the 333 national and international entries, 57 projects were shortlisted and 27 awards were presented by the Civic Trust Awards Patron, architect and TV presenter George Clarke. The University received one of only seven awards given to organisations in the North West.

For more information about the award visit the Civic Trust website.

Steve Dickson, Director of Facilities Management, said: “The Civic Trust award is a great accolade and we are really pleased that the benefits of the Heating Infrastructure Project are also being recognised externally.

“Designed by Levitt Bernstein Associates the development will benefit the University financially in the long term. Moving from what was previously an energy inefficient heating system, we are now experiencing  savings of 11,000 tonnes of CO2 each year, resulting in a 23% reduction in the University’s carbon footprint.”

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